Luke 11-13

And someone said to Him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?"

And He said to them, "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able."  Luke 13:23-24, RSV 

Why do you suppose Jesus said that? I mean why, when the question was asked about only a few being saved, did Jesus not tell him to not worry, that everyone would be saved?

Or why did He not reply that nearly everyone would be saved, and that only the really bad people would be lost?

Why didn't Jesus take this opportunity to reassure us that we were all going to the same place, just by different paths?

 Why did Jesus say that may would not enter who were trying to do so?

Because Jesus does not lie.

And because Jesus knew.

This is why we study! Not so that we can enter some sort of exclusive club for Pharisees. No, we study because Jesus said that the way was narrow... and that we should strive to enter by that narrow way.

Jesus said this, because He does not want us to be deceived by fine sounding, "I'm OK, you're OK" philosophies. 

Jesus answered the man's question in this way because He wants us to know the truth. And He wants us to be saved!

And He then proved His love for us by dying on the cross. Jesus was not being mean - He was trying to tell us something! Are we listening?

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few."  Matthew 7:13-14, RSV

"Seek and you will find"  Matthew 7:7, RSV 

 

May God bless your study!