THE NARROW ROAD

narrow road

LETTERS IN RED. Perhaps the most well known passage of Jesus’ teaching is that recorded Matthew 5-7, commonly called the Sermon on the Mount. It is not PC to call his teaching, rules, so let’s call them guidelines for Christians.

The beatitudes describe the “personality” of a Christian, then behavior is summed up in admonitions regarding salt, light, fulfilling law, murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, revenge, love, alms, prayer, fasting, materialism (treasures), not judging. Two great comforting passages that we dearly love: God’s love and provision for us, 6:25-34 and 7:7-12.

Then he ends his sermon with three passages not much talked about—the narrow and wide gates, the false prophets and followers, and the foundation of the wise and foolish man. It is scary how little attention we give to the narrow gate and road. The passage in Luke 13:24 seems even more “narrow” than Matthew’s passage.  Wow, that is not going over for us! They both say or imply that we are not going to be carrying a lot of baggage once we head down that road.

How many Christians really believe Jesus is the only Way? Don’t we think deep down “He is the only way for me, but what about…?”   

No wonder preachers do not preach on those passages! I would have a hard time moderating a “small group” discussion on that topic. That doesn’t change the facts however.

Prophesying, driving out demons, performing miracles, even eating and drinking with Jesus, listening to his teaching – none of those cut any ice with the Master if they are accompanied by evil deeds.  

Then Luke tops it all off with Jesus’ description of hell. It is hard to face the truth of these passages with an arrogant heart.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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3 Responses to THE NARROW ROAD

  1. Faye says:

    The Beatitudes are often called the signposts to KINGDOM LIVING. The Sermon on the Mount as you have so beautifully illustrated spells out CLEARLY how Christian life on the narrow way is intended to be lived. Thank you very much.

  2. Faye says:

    This dropped out. I agree with your post absolutely. There is not enough proper teaching from pulpits today that the Way is Narrow indeed. P.C. must not blur the truth. Our God is a Holy God. He is calling each and every one who loves Him to be Holy also. The Way is very narrow Follow Christ. Give thanks always for the Cross and the plan of Redemption.

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