Summary: Two roads, two gates, two destinies.. Wide and narrow roads leading to gate of destruction or gate of perfection.
God’s Traffic Report on the Two Roads
Matthew 7: 13-14 “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.” (Prayer)
Some Bibles are red letter editions. In those Bibles, wherever the type is the color red, that is where Jesus is speaking. Those particular passages are extremely important, as Jesus is making points that should get our attention and cause us to focus, in order, to enhance our spiritual lives. The text I shared today is one of those red letter important passages. Jesus is sharing His heavenly Father’s traffic report on our road of life. Jesus reveals that there are two roads that concern Him and should concern us, as well. There is the wide road, which is very busy, and according to Jesus, most people are on it. That wide road leads to a gate, a gate of destruction. Then there is another road that He describes as the narrow road, and few are on it. Similarly, this road, also, leads to a gate, but this gate leads to life, opening to a place of bliss and perfection. We learn from our study of the Scriptures that this life is referred to as Eternal Life. Each of the two respective roads point us toward our ultimate destination, of either heaven or hell. Upon our physical death here on earth, our destiny is realized. Those destinies will be forever, no turning back, no change of heart to reconsider, and it is based on our relationship with the Lord. The wide road leads to hell and the narrow road leads to heaven, both through gates. The gate leading to hell is the gate of destruction. The gate leading to heaven is the gate of perfection. In this prediction, straight from the words of Jesus, it is so very upsetting that most people are going through the gate to hell. This means that the people going through this gate are dead physically and spiritually. It is a place of horrible torment and pain.
Jesus is attempting to warn us and to save us from much despair by giving us an alternative of love and contentment. For heaven is a place of serenity, peace, and eternal joy in perfection and love. Jesus is, also, conveying that most people are on the road to hell, that is why it is wide. Few people are on the road to heaven, that is why it is narrow and straight. Think about it, Jesus is revealing that we, Christians, are in the minority, in regards to the things of God and eternal life. Let’s consider your own life. Are you afraid people will make fun of you for your belief in God and His promises? Are you ashamed to talk about what Jesus has done for your life? I know, it is hard to be a Christian, nowadays, with all the distractions and worldly materialistic objects competing for our time and money, in addition, to peer and family pressure. The only way we can stay focused on godly things, eternal things, is having a special relationship with God. We do that by accepting Jesus, His Son, as our personal Savior and Friend. People don’t like thinking about their loved ones or even themselves, going to hell. Hell is mentioned in the Bible more than heaven, because God wants us to know how horrible of a place it is. Hell is reserved for those, who reject Jesus and the Word of God.
Do you know why the wide road to hell is so wide, other than many people are on it? The reason it is so wide is because there are so many lanes on this wide road leading to hell. The first lane on the wide road to hell is the “Unbelieving Lane.” These are the people, who do not believe in God, or do not care to have a relationship with God. Many claim to be atheists, but I have a hard time understanding that. In this lane, are the foxhole promise people, like in war time. They are in a foxhole, in a strange country, and fearful of dying. They make a promise to God, “God, if you will just bring me through this horrible ordeal alive, I promise to go to church and change my ways when I get home safe.” God brings them through and they forget all about their promise, once they arrive home.
John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars---they will be consigned to the fiery lake of sulfur. This is the second death.”