Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 3rd, 2020
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
Victoria BC’s revitalized Chinatown is a popular area for tourists as well as for the artistic community. The focus is the 500–600 block of Fisgard Street, including famously narrow Fan Tan Alley, the old Chinese School and a small selection of historic buildings and Chinese businesses. Many historic buildings have been well preserved. Chinatown’s ornate gate is named The Gate of Harmonious Interest. The stone lions that are part of the gate were built in Suzhou (Soochow), one of Victoria’s sister cities.
When the Ottomans took control of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, they created what has come to be known as the Door of Humility. It is almost impossible to get through – you have to duck down and twist your body a bit. It was created to prevent carts from bring driven in by looters, and to force even the most important visitor to dismount from his horse as he entered the holy place. This is an excellent illustration of what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” It is easy to walk the road that leads to destruction. You just have to go about your life the way you have always lived it – with self being at the centre. To follow Jesus, however, you need to bend down low and humble yourself before him. This is only possible as we recognize our own sin and need for a Saviour. It isn’t surprising that few find it.
These have been words from the heart.