"Speaking of roads, let's consider the road to the narrow gate. "The path up the hill, and through the woods has many forks. We must make many choices. Which path do I choose? Which is the path to my Father's house?" My eldest brother sent me this (his own words) along with one of his favorite Bible passages, Matthew 7: 13-14, after reading yesterday's post 'Roads'.
Matthew 7: 13-14 NLT
"You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it."
So, let's consider the road through the narrow gate.
The wide gate, 'the highway to hell', is broad (like a multi-lane expressway). The gate there is open, spacious and easy to find. The narrow gate, the door to life, however, is difficult to walk through and only a few ever find it.
What is the narrow gate? In Biblical times people lived in and around fortified cities. There were many wide gates, that had easy access into the protected areas inside their walls. (for example the Temple Gate, Beautiful, is mentioned in Acts 3.) In times of turmoil these large gates could be easily closed off. Even in times of trouble there was always access around back, through the narrow gate. The narrow gate was only tall enough for a single person and you had to know where it was to enter through this gate. One person at a time. My guess is that there was probably a password and it was a closely guarded secret.
A narrow gate, a door, around back, for friends and family. At my house, the side door is the way friends and family enter. Not by my back door, but my side door. My side door isn't as large or as grandiose (haha) as my front door or my back door. In fact, many people think my back door is my front door. Confused yet? My front door is wide and has a paved walkway. My back door is pretty much the same. My side door, however, is the way we enter. In order to come in through my side door you have to first traverse the obstacles in the garage and then make your way through the laundry room. There are steps and twists and turns. The doors are narrow and it's, let's say, lived in (haha). If the garage door is closed, you have to know the password and it is a closely guarded secret.
My side door, or narrow gate, is the way in known by family and friends. Strangers, solicitors and deliveries are made to the front door and by a confounded few, to my back door. If you know me well enough, you know you should come in through the side door or, in this case, through my narrow gate.
When we know Jesus, we too, can find our way into His narrow gate. Jesus is the way. The narrow gate Jesus is speaking of here, is Himself. The password is Jesus.
When we know Him, we can find the door. When we are looking for Him, when we are transforming and doing our best to be a disciple of Jesus (the difficult part), we will easily fit through the narrow gate.
John 10:9 NLT
"Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures."