Jesus traveled through cities and villages, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Jesus said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and won’t be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ He will respond, ‘I don’t know you or where you are from. Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God’s kingdom, but you yourselves will be thrown out. People will come from east and west, north and south, and sit down to eat in God’s kingdom. Look! Those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last.” At that time, some Pharisees approached Jesus and said, “Go! Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.” (Luke 13:22-31, CEB)
Those who stand outside and knock saying, ‘Lord, open the door.’ He will respond go away for I don’t know you. Make sure you enter through the narrow gate.
But where is the narrow gate? And is it close to the wide gate, or is there even a wide gate?
This makes it sound like only a few will make it into heaven and it won’t be the ones who think it is them now. Because they are the ones who knocking said they ate and drank with Jesus but he doesn’t know them.
It is about being seen with Jesus, or doing the right things. It is about being known by Jesus.
Does Jesus know you?
Love out loud.
Loving People. Loving God.