Luke 13:22–30 (ESV)
The Narrow Door
He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell
you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where
you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28
In that place 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 but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at
table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
There are many who know Jesus to be a teacher, and they even listened to him... but
he was not their Savior. Jesus is speaking not about mere knowledge of knowing Jesus, but to trust in Him as their Savior. He is more than a teacher or philosopher... he is the Messiah. There are not many paths to heaven, only one.
To get through the narrow door to heaven is to repent of your sins and trust in Jesus. Those who do not will miss out. When Jesus returns... it will be too late. Don’t let anything come between you and your Salvation. Trust in
the faith that he has given you. Luther states: “For even though you know that He is God’s Son, that He died and rose again, and that He sits at the right hand of the Father, you have not yet learned to know Christ aright … [until you also]
believe that He did all this for your sake, in order to help you”. Luther is talking about subjective justification.
I pray: O Heavenly Father, help me to always keep you before me and to
always trust in your Son for the forgiveness of my sin. Not only did he to this for all people (Objective Justification), he did it for me (Subjective Justification). You are the only way to Heaven. Amen.