A NARROW DOOR, A FABULOUS TABLE
March 30, 2014
Luke 13:22-30 ESV:  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.’  Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’  But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.  And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Jesus is attempting to prevent many who are interested
in being included in Jesus’ kingdom, those who think
they are part of Jesus’ kingdom, from being bitterly
disappointed when they find out that they are not.
- The Problem: Many who think they are part of God’s family, actually, are not.
- The Solution: We ought to make every effort to make sure we are in.
- The Benefit: We get to enjoy eternity in the perfect presence of Jesus.