Words from the Heart for Sunday November 27th, 2016
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)
Entering Through the Narrow Gate
It is tempting to take the easy road and avoid hardship in the Christian life. But Jesus reminds us that the easy road is fraught with problems, ultimately leading to destruction, whereas the challenging road may begin with struggles, but in the end it leads to life and joy. Which road are you choosing today?
The Ramparts of Quebec City are the only remaining fortified city walls in North America north of Mexico. The British began refortifying the existing walls, after they took Quebec City from the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. The ramparts have four surviving gates. Porte St. Jean dates back to at least 1694, was demolished in 1791 because of its poor condition and rebuilt. The present gate was built in 1939. Porte St. Louis dates back to at least 1694 was demolished in 1791 because of its poor condition and rebuilt. This gate lasted until 1823. The current gate was built in 1880 by Lord Dufferin. Porte Prescott was erected in 1797 Robert Prescott. The current gate was built in 1983. Porte Kent was erected in 1879 was named after Queen Victoria’s father the Duke of Kent.
It’s easy to live the non-Christian life. In fact, nothing comes more naturally. Every unredeemed human being lives to please the flesh and they do so without having to plan to or think about how to live. Billions of people in every nation of the world live this way. The Bible, in Matthew 7:13-14, puts it this way: “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.” This is one of the most graphic descriptions of the contrast between the followers of the Christ and the unredeemed. The followers of Christ will never be in the majority. Jesus is clear here. There is a narrowness about the Christian faith. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. The apostle Peter says in Acts 4:12 that salvation is found in no one other than Jesus. This is the narrow way. Christians have always been accused of being narrow. This is a true accusation, because we proclaim the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and the need for a personal relationship with Him by faith in order to experience forgiveness of sins and a new nature. One what road do you find yourself?
These have been words from the heart.