Summary: Message lists some of the more dangerous roads in America and then brings it back to Matthew 7 by asking the follower which road are you on?
WHICH ROAD ARE YOU ON?
“Yahoo! Travel” has released an article titled America’s Scariest Drives, and the results are frightening. Here is a brief list of some of the roads:
Highway One that travels off the Big Sur Coast in California is both beautiful and breath-taking. This 122 mile stretch travels over 30 bridges with many of them as much as 30 stories straight down, the web author calls a drop from here to be a fall into “liquid oblivion.”
Do you like volcanoes? Then take a trip on Saddle Road, located on the Big Island in Hawaii. Much of the route is narrow and one way, and there is always the chance of an explosion if the season is just right.
You had better gas up ahead of time if you are driving to Dalton, Alaska. The “nation’s loneliest road” has steep grades, wild animals, and no stops for 414 miles. I suppose a helicopter could be called to save troubled travelers.
The phrase “Tail of the Dragon” sounds like a Japanese movie. Instead, it is a treacherous 11 mile stretch of highway is tucked below the Smokey Mountains on the Tennessee border. This little stretch of road contains 318 curves, many of them S-shaped and hairpins and even one nicknamed “The Slide,” and we all can only imagine the meaning behind that name.
My person favorite of those roads listed is a 3 hour Colorado highway connecting the ski resorts from Aspen to Leadville. This road features an elevated peak of 12,000 feet, mountain roads without guardrails, and the greatest suspension bridge in the world that goes over the Royal Gorge, a drop from there would be 1,053 feet straight down. On our church’s last mission trip to Pueblo, our youth group loved the site.
But, I am here to proudly proclaim some truth, and the truth is that the scariest road taken from those in our nation in my opinion has little to do with a Colorado Mountain, a Hawaii Volcano, Alaskan Ice, or even some Dragon hidden away near the mountains of Tennessee. The scariest road taken in America, is the spiritual road taken by someone who does not know Jesus as their Savior. Don’t you agree?
When it comes to the road leading to heaven, we should all take the advice given in the 7th chapter of Matthew which states we should “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
For many, this verse is extremely treacherous because it clearly states that there is one and definitely only one way to heaven. But to me, it is dangerous for a much different reason. As a pastor, I am routinely asked who is going to heaven or even how many people are going. This verse is frightening because it answers that very difficult question. And the answer to how many people going to heaven according to Matthew 7:14 is a FEW.
Friends, dear friends, what road are you on?