North Anderson Baptist Church
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Jesus speaks of entering through the narrow gate. What does He mean by that? Enter where? What do you think He is saying? As Jesus speaks in this passage, the Word of God tells us that He is talking about entering into the life of a Christian where we will eventually end up in heaven with God. So, the way to become a Christian and to go to heaven, is an invitation to all and God wants all to respond. But, Jesus says eventually few will follow Him and enter through this “narrow gate” even though it is open to all people.

The concept of “narrow and small” are His way to say it takes a lot to make a decision like that to follow Him. It will be costly for all who do follow and not everyone is willing to pay that high of a cost. Now when I say “cost” I am not talking money, for the salvation that Jesus offers is free. The problem is that the way of salvation will cost you everything you have; you will have to give up what you want in life and surrender to all Jesus has planned for you, your desires for His desires. So, narrow and small describes how hard that is for people to surrender to Christ and the cost it will be for them if they follow Him.

The narrow road will have few who will travel it, for we know that there are those who want an easy life without having to sacrifice what they want to become what God desires for their lives. Narrow is a word that gives a good description in relationship to the wide or broad road on which the lost person will walk.
Now the wide gate and the broad road lead somewhere also, to destruction. What does Jesus mean by that? If the narrow road leads to life, eternal life which is eventually leads to heaven, then the broad road must go the opposite way and lead to death and destruction, which is described as hell. It has been called the “highway to hell.” Also, we can see by the description of this “wide gate” that it is much easier to go through than the narrow one; so with that said, there will be many more people who will enter through the wide gate and walk on that broad road.
Today there are people on both roads who have entered that road by either the narrow or small gate or through the wide gate. Jesus says that there are a lot of people who are on that broad road leading to destruction. Isn’t that a shame and very sad! Many never realize that they are on that road; they fall into it easily, and without effort, and go without thought of their destination which is finally hell, being separated from God and all that is good forever and forever. But in contrast, there are few who are walking on that narrow road.

"Broad is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrower path,
With here and there a traveller." (Watts)
In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus doesn’t say anything else other than stating the facts of the entrances on the way to both destinies, but He does tell us in other places in the Bible that there are those who are on that narrow road that need to go and tell those on that broad road that they are in danger of “hellfire” and they need to come and walk the road which is narrow, having Jesus to help them all the way. So, each of us today who are truly walking on the narrow road have the responsibility of telling all we see, those we know personally and others we don’t know at all, that if they are on that broad and destructive road they need Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That is called sharing your faith with the lost. Many who were once on that broad road heard the Gospel of Christ, the story of salvation and believed it and then by the grace of God decided to turn and enter the narrow gate that starts the journey on the narrow road which leads to life everlasting.

In John 10:7-9, Jesus speaks about the gate which is the same as the narrow gate he spoke of in the Matthew passage. Here is what it says,
Here Jesus says that He is that gate! To enter the narrow road and end up in heaven one must enter through Him! He uses the idea that His people are sheep and that He is the gatekeeper of the true sheep of God. There are those who have pretended to be the gate but they were liars, robbers and thieves. Many have tried to fool people that they were on the right path when in reality they were on that broad road that leads to destruction. Only through Jesus can anyone be saved. There is no other way but through Him the gate of eternal life!

Jesus wanted people to know that He was the Good Shepherd and that He loved His sheep and they listened to His voice and not of the false leaders. Jesus is the doorkeeper or the gate. You see the shepherds of that day would keep the sheep in an area that had only one entrance and the shepherd would act as the door for the sheep. They knew the voice of the shepherd and would follow him, but if the robber or thief came and called out, the sheep would not follow them. Jesus wants all to hear His voice and come to His flock through the narrow gate and walk the narrow road as His sheep. Don’t listen to the voices of others who try to mislead you, they have mislead, lied and drawn so many people away from the true way of God who are now on the broad road. There is only one way to eternal life and that is through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
People say there are many ways to God and all religions will eventually get you there. Don’t fall for that lie. What Jesus declared in John 14:6 tells us that He believed that there was only one way to God and that was through Him, the narrow gate.

Let us imagine that we are walking along a path and we come to two gates. There are only two; we must go through one or the other. One of the gates is wide, and the road leading on from it is easy, level. Many people are walking along that road. We think, "Surely so many people cannot be mistaken; they must be on the right road."

The second gate is narrow. The road leading on from it is also narrow, steep, rocky. Very few people are walking on this road. But Jesus says, "If you want to follow me, you must pass through this small gate and walk on this narrow road."
Dear friend all who follow Christ must leave all to follow Him. You might have to leave family and friends who don’t see eye to eye with you. The world in which you once lived has to be left behind. You will have to be separated from all who do not love the Lord. That doesn’t mean that you don’t love them anymore or talk to them, but it means that they are no longer the influence in your life they once were. You don’t go to them for advice but that you separate yourself unto God to have Him lead you and guide you. You must stand alone, yet you will be with many who believe in Jesus just like you; you must be different. You must turn from the customs of the world and the way the world expects people to live. One day all of us must face God alone. He is our Judge and He will see how we have left all for Him and walked that “narrow road.”

It sounds so hard to become a Christian and follow God with all our heart but it isn’t. As we have said, Christ calls us to Himself to lay our life for Him. We will deny ourselves and follow Him but all that is done is done in the power of the Holy Spirit; we are never alone in this Christian life. We leave our old self at the gate and take on a new self, all by the power of the Spirit of God.
Friends, there are only two roads. If you are not walking on the narrow road, then you must be walking on the broad one. What is the purpose of a road? It leads to some destination. Which destination are you interested in and what are you willing to do to get there? All of us have to make a decision and God calls for us to do it before it is too late and you don’t have another chance. That is why He says that “Today is the day of salvation!” Won’t you choose to enter the narrow gate and go on to walk on the narrow way? Will you do that today? Don’t wait, don’t delay, surrender your life this moment to the Lord Jesus Christ who died for you and me and then rose from the dead to give each of us that eternal life in heaven.
The skeleton of a woman was found on the hot sands of the Mojave Desert. Before death, she had written a note which read: "I am exhausted and must have water! I do not believe I can last much longer!" She died of thirst and exposure just two miles from Surprise Springs where water flowed in abundance.
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations

Don’t give up when it is so close to the narrow gate and the narrow road which leads to eternal life!
Entering a crowded street car, with his Bible under his arm, a young minister soon became the brunt of sneering remarks and wisecracks from the group of fellows. These remarks continued, and when the minister left the car, one youth said, "Say, mister, how far is it to heaven?" The Christian replied, "It is only a step; will you take it now?"
—Power Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.

Will you take that step today?

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.
Pastor Bill Rigsby

http://www.northandersonbaptist.com