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The diligent few!

Scripture reading for March 20: Luke 13, Psalm 57, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Luke 13:22-25 “He went on His way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.  And someone said to Him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”  And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door.  For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then He will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.'”

Jesus Christ is the ‘narrow door’ to salvation.  As He journeyed to Jerusalem for the last time in His earthly ministry, He answered a question from one of the Jews listening to Him.  They asked about how many would be saved.  Jesus told them that they must strive to go through the narrow door because many would try to get in after the door was shut and would not be able.  Just hearing Jesus speak or even eating with Him would not give them salvation, faith must be acted on.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe that You are the ‘narrow door’ that I have entered for my salvation.  I daily surrender my life to You, opening the door of my heart to You to have Your way in my life.

Proverbs 26:12 “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

 

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The narrow door!

 Scripture reading for March 22nd:  Luke 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 13:23-25  “Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”  He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.  Once 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.”

There was concern among those who heard Jesus teach about the need for repentance that only a few people would actually be saved.  They asked Jesus this very question.  His answer was to encourage them to ‘make every effort to enter through the narrow door.’   We know that Jesus Christ alone is the gate or door to enter the kingdom of God.  (John 10:1,7) (John 14:6)  Repentance is the necessary heart condition to enter this narrow door.  Jesus had just plainly told the people, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  (Luke 13:5)  The key to the ‘door’ is repentance and this requires taking responsibility for our sin and turning to Jesus for forgiveness and grace.  Through personal faith in Jesus Christ, we enter the ‘narrow’ Door!

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus warned that many would try to enter their own way and be left outside knocking and pleading for admittance.  They would be denied access because of no ‘key’!  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  (Proverbs 14:12)

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Will only a few be saved?

Scripture reading for March 20th:  Luke 13

Jesus was asked some direct questions and gave some revealing answers!  On His way to Jerusalem for His last Passover, a man came and asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”   “He said to them, “Make every effort to enter the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and not be able to.  Once 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.'”  (Luke 13:23-25)  

Jesus didn’t answer the question about a few being saved, but He did emphasize that many who wanted to enter would not be able to.  It was important to enter through the narrow door.  Jesus had proclaimed that He alone was the door or gate that men could enter.  (John 10:7) He alone was the way, truth, and life.  (John 14:6)  He emphasized that many would knock on the door after it was closed and the door would not be opened to them because the Master did not know them.

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and You taught in our streets.’  But He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.  Away from Me you evildoers!’  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.”  (Luke 13:26-28)  Many religious people expected to enter the kingdom, but because they rejected Jesus Christ, they would be thrown out!  Knowing about Jesus and even observing Him would not get them in!  Only a few will be saved through the ‘Narrow Door’!

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The narrow door!

Scripture reading for April 10th: Luke 13:23-14:6

“Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”  He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.  Once 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.” ” (Luke 13:23-25)

A popular topic of discussion among the religious people of Jesus’ day was how many people would make it through the ‘pearly gates’! Speculation about who would be saved and not saved often revolved around having Jewish blood in the veins.  Just descending from Abraham was thought to guarantee salvation.  Attending the synagogue regularly and going to the feasts was a part of being ‘Jewish’. Many, including the religious leaders, were under this delusion.  Jesus tried to jar their thinking to a personal level!

“What about you?” Jesus was asking them.  Have you been saved yourself?  Have you entered through the ‘narrow door’? Are you striving now to enter while it is open?   Jesus was helping them to see that the ‘narrow door’ would not always be open.  Those that thought they could enter at any time would be left outside, looking in at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the prophets enjoying the feast of the redeemed.  (Luke 13:28-30)

Jesus had taught them that He alone was this ‘door’.  “I am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John 10:9)  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)  Jesus was and is that door and these people had Him right there with them.  Many religious leaders were looking to get rid of Him instead of find salvation through Him.  Jesus was concerned for their souls.  They should have been the first to enter because of the Word of God delivered to them, but many would be left outside where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth!

Have you entered through the narrow door of faith in Jesus Christ?   Have you repented of your sins, embracing what Jesus did on the cross for you?  Today the door is still open!  Many will try to enter, but find the door shut for their lack of faith!

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The Narrow Door!

Scripture reading for April 10th: Luke 13:23-14:6

“Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”  He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.  Once 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.” “ (Luke 13:23-25)

A popular topic of discussion among the religious people of Jesus’ day was how many people would make it through the ‘pearly gates’!   Speculation about who would be saved and not saved often revolved around having Jewish blood in the veins.  Just descending from Abraham was thought to guarantee salvation.  Attending the synagogue regularly and going to the feasts was a part of being ‘Jewish’.  Many, including the religious leaders, were under this delusion.  Jesus tried to jar their thinking to a personal level!

“What about you?” Jesus was asking them.  Have you been saved yourself?  Have you entered through the ‘narrow door’?   Are you striving now to enter while it is open?   Jesus was helping them to see that the ‘narrow door’ would not always be open.  Those that thought they could enter at any time would be left outside, looking in at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the prophets enjoying the feast.  (Luke 13:28-30)

Jesus had taught them that He alone was this ‘door’.  “I am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John 10:9)  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)  Jesus is that door and these people had Him right there with them.  Many religious leaders were looking to get rid of Him instead of find salvation through Him.  Jesus was concerned for their souls.  They should be the first to enter because of the Scriptures they had and the Word of God delivered to them, but many would be left outside where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth!

Have you entered through the narrow door of faith in Jesus Christ?   Have you repented of your sins, embracing what Jesus did on the cross for you?  Today the door is still open!  Tomorrow may be too late!

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Repent or Perish!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Luke 13-15

When tragedy strikes, it is easy to make judgments about why people were killed.  It is easy to assume that those who die are under the judgment of God, or possibly were just ‘unlucky’.  We don’t have explanations for some things that happen,  like tornadoes and earthquakes.  Other tragedies like 9-11-2001 are man-made and some accidents are the result of human error.  People are always curious about these things because it causes them to think about death, God, and what happens afterward.

“Now there were those present at that time who told Jesus about Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

Jesus was faced with people who struggled to understand why good religious people were killed by Pilate.  They were perplexed by the suffering and death and answers about why this would happen.  Jesus brought up another case, the accident that took 18 lives in Jerusalem when a tower fell on them.  In both of these cases, Jesus reassured people that these were not worse sinners than any others!

What Jesus was trying to tell them is that all men need forgiveness.  We cannot judge others as any worse sinners than we are.  We must look in the mirror and deal with what we see there in our own hearts.  Sin brings death eternally.  Unless we repent, we all will die in our sins and then perish!   (Hebrews 9:27)  The only remedy is repentance.  Repentance is confessing our sins by taking ownership and turning away from them to God and His mercy in Jesus Christ.  This is the only way to keep from perishing!

What does ‘perish’ really mean?  When we die in sin, we will stand judgment before Jesus Christ at the White Throne of Revelation 20:11-15.  Those who are unsaved will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal torment.  This is ‘perishing’.  Take an inventory of your state of repentance before it’s too late!

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