“Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there FEW who are SAVED?" And He said to them, "Strive to enter through the NARROW GATE, for MANY, I say to you, will SEEK TO ENTER and will NOT be able.” (Lk. 13:23)
The answer Jesus gave to the query was not popular in His day, and less so today. Many believe that the majority will be saved, especially those who desire to be. But look again at Jesus’ words – “…MANY, I say to you, will SEEK TO ENTER and will NOT be able.” In other words, many who desire to go to heaven will not make it.
Our Lord further elaborated in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the NARROW GATE: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because NARROW is the gate and DIFFICULT is the way which leads to life, and there are FEW who find it".
Again, consider Jesus’ words carefully. The main reason that so few will find THE GATE and THE WAY to heaven is that the entrance is NARROW (“restricted, as by stringent rules or requirements”) and DIFFICULT (“demanding, challenging”). Unfortunately, many who desire to be saved will fail to fully comply with God’s requirements.
In Matthew 7:21 Jesus adds, “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who DOES THE WILL of My Father in heaven.” Doing the will of God – strictly abiding by His instructions – is what makes the gate narrow and the way difficult.
There are ONLY TWO ROADS and TWO ETERNAL DESTINATIONS. If we miss Heaven, we will be cast into Hell. Jesus stressed that the majority will end up in the latter. Those who do so will have failed to enter through the narrow gate. Don’t let that happen to you.
“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off…"(Acts 2:37-39)
Jesus, always Jesus!