Pearly Gates(Luke 13; 23-30)

And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 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. “When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ “then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ “But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. “They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. “And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”

In this Gospel, Jesus is asked about salvation and those who are saved.  Jesus responds somewhat cryptically and talks about the narrow gate, the locked door and a large banquet.  Jesus is sharing that salvation isn’t guaranteed and there is no “pecking order”.  It isn’t a case of first come, first served.  Jesus is trying to convey the message that it is a mistake to make assumptions, thinking that you have a guaranteed shot into heaven.  The road to salvation passes only through God’s grace.  How often do we hear preaching from a variety of ministries suggesting that their way is the only way and if you follow and support their ministry, you will be saved?  Jesus tells us in this Gospel that people from all walks of life will sit with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God.  How do you respond to God’s graces?  To follow Jesus and his path, we must be open and offer hospitality.  We must be humble and servitude.  Just because we are good, does not guarantee our ticket into heaven.  For our name to be written in heaven we must be chosen by God and the only way to God is through Jesus.  We will all face our judgement.  As you reflect upon your life in the heavenly slide presentation, how will you feel about your behaviors here on earth?  How will you feel about your attitudes towards others?  Did you shame others?  Did you disrespect others?  Did you engage in gossip about others? Did you walk away from those in need?  Did you bully others?  What regrets do you have?  How might you receive the blessings of God?  Accept who you are and how you’ve acted.  Take accountability and confess your wrong doing.  Put God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit first in your life.  Stop and ask yourself, “What would Jesus Do?” before you act.  It isn’t too late to repent and change your ways.  Remember, none of us have a guarantee because we are all flawed.  How we treat others is how we will be treated when we face God in heaven.  God bless you!

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