“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.
Mankind is basically sinful. We are full of ourselves, angry, vengeful, selfish, proud, deceitful, violent, and possess other negative characteristics. It is no wonder that few are willing to yield their lives to the very God who made them. Social media has laid this fact bare, hasn’t it? But it gets worse. This same God came to earth in the form of a man, showed Himself to be the Son of God with many miraculous proofs, and then died a cruel death on a cross, taking the punishment for all of our sin. Then he was raised from the dead after three days to prove that the sacrifice was accepted, and offered eternal life to all who would put their trust in Him. And the vast majority of the people in the world flip Him off and say they can make it on their own.
That is the short account of Jesus of Nazareth, the central person of human history. Every time we write down what year it is, we are declaring how many years it was since He came to earth on His mission to save us. It takes a lot of determination to ignore God’s gift to mankind. Every one of us knows we are on the road to the end of our earthly existence and few even care that the bridge is out. But there is an exit before oblivion; or, as Jesus said, a door.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:9-11, ESV.
Donald Marsh ©2020