7681 - Narrow Door

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Today we consider the most important topic in life, the topic of salvation. The topic is introduced by a question from one of those in the crowd following Jesus in Luke 13.

Listen to Luke 13:22-30; then we’ll have more discussion.

22Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"

He said to them, 24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.'
"But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'

26"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

27"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'

28"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."

Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem. As they journey along he continues to teach the truths of God. Someone asks the question, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

Jesus does not give a direct answer to this question, but he does emphasize the importance of every person being sure about their personal relationship with the Lord.

All who were listening could hear Jesus say, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”

Notice Jesus refers to the entry way to salvation as a Narrow door. This indicates entry is restricted.

Jesus warns that many will try to pass through the door to salvation and will not be able to because the door has been closed by the owner of the house. Then it will be too late to be admitted.

The fact that the owner is Jesus himself is self evident throughout this dialogue.

Those outside will bang on the door, and plead for a final chance. They tell the owner that they ate and drank with him, and that they heard him teach in the streets of their town.

But Jesus will address those insistent, fearful people as total strangers. He says, “I don’t know who you are or where you come from. We have never had an intimate relationship.

Notice, by their own words these people have been with Jesus. They have dined with him and listened to him teach, but they have never taken the needed step of responding to the gospel message through faith.

There are millions who have simply delayed making a decision in response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. They may think, “I’ll do that later.” We pray for all those who are still living and still can yield their will and invited Jesus Christ, to enter their life as lord.

For all who complete this step they will have entry through the narrow door long before it is closed. Once you have made the decision and taken this vital step, then you enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the lord of lords and King of kings. He will not need an address book or diary to recall the vital facts about your life. He remembers each detail of your life with loving grace. These remembrances have even been purged of acts of sin and rebellion so that he sees you without blemish and free from any accusation. He views you as being truly perfect.

Did you notice that some people from all over the world, from every people group, of every language will be included in heaven, Jesus has not excluded anyone. The invitation “to come” is open to any and all — from the most wicked sinner to the uncertain moral person who thought he had to work his way to heaven. All are invited to come by faith in Jesus. He paid the entry fee. His blood washed away our sins.