Thursday, November 26, 2009

Luke 13:24 – The Narrow Door

Luke 13:24 – The Narrow Door
"Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able."

The question about the number of those who are saved teases our minds even today.
According to Jewish thought in the time of Jesus, the chosen people, as a body, would be saved.

Jesus re-minds them, and us, that mere ‘membership of the club’ is no guarantee of salvation.

Personal effort is required.

Luke uses a term (strive) from sporting contests, meaning something like to ‘go flat out’.
It is possible to postpone effort till it is too late, till the race is over and the door is shut.
In verse 30 there is a reversal of expectations.
Many of the last (the Gentiles) will be first and the first (the Jewish people) will be last: yet it is implied that they will be saved.
Father, give me the grace to understand your message and the strength to act on it

Source: Daily Prayer Online

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