“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” –
I don’t fly a lot. Maybe two or three times a year. I travel light, so I rarely check baggage. Instead, I pack one carry-on small enough to fit into the overhead compartment.
When I arrive at the airport, I’m ready to go. Since I print my boarding pass at home, I immediately stand in line to go through security. The line inches forward until I reach the checkpoint. There, the TSA officer reaches for my boarding pass and ID. If I fail to have the correct documents, I’m turned away. I can’t send my carry-on through security. I can’t enter through the narrow gate.
This is likened to what Jesus says about entering heaven. “Strive to enter through the narrow gate” (Luke 13:24). Like the requirements at the airport, we each need a boarding pass. If we don’t have one, we’re turned away.
What boarding pass do we need? What is our ticket to heaven?
God sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for everything we’ve done wrong. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We’ve all sinned. We’ve all fallen short. But God provided the remedy. Jesus. Jesus paid for your sin and mine.
How? How did He pay the price?
He was beaten, pierced, and hung on the cross. He died a painful death so you and I don’t have to suffer for all eternity.
Is there more than one way to heaven?
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Do you have your boarding pass? Do you have your ticket to heaven?
If not, pray with me.
Lord, I’m a sinner in need of forgiveness. I ask You to forgive me. I ask You to wash me clean. Jesus, come into my life. Please be my Savior. Please be my ticket to heaven. In Your name, amen.