Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Luke 13: 22 – 30 “… “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.”
This is a parable which points to thinking about the end of time and as the church comes into the season of Advent, we think not only of preparing ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus…Immanuel, God with us, but we also focus on that time when time itself will be wrapped up and Jesus will come again in all his glory.
It is a challenging parable. But what I think is more concerning in this parable, are the people who Jesus talks about next, the ones who have let the door close and now it’s too late to enter. They say, “But we ate and drank with you and you taught in our streets” but the owner of the house says to them, “I do not know where you come from – go away from me you evildoers”.
Who are those who think they should be a part of the new creation but yet get turned away? Back then, Jesus was responding to a question from someone about how many will be saved. Perhaps that person had observed that, in spite of the huge crowds gathering to hear Jesus’ preaching and to be healed, there were only a few followers who were loyal.
Today, I think it equates to those who keep Jesus at arms-length. Those who stay in the melee of the crowd. Those who dabble at the edges of Christianity but never fully commit to following Christ. Those who may have a fondness for church but never open their hearts to let God in.
While this is a chilling scenario and none of us want to think of the possibility of being ‘too late’ to enter the door to life, I think Jesus is saying to his hearers then as he is saying to us today – Now is the time of your salvation! Make your decision today! Being loosely affiliated with a church or supportive of what a church does is not enough. God loves you…receive his love. Commit your life to Christ. There is a sense of urgency about this. God is saying, ‘Come…you are welcome. Don’t wait until it is too late’.
What treasures await those who take that step of commitment to Christ…life everlasting and life in all its fullness now! A new, spiritual life which brings us peace with God and the knowledge of his presence with us. Help, wisdom and strength for the journey. And many have testified to this renewed experience of God.
In this Advent season, I hope that you will enter through that narrow door to life – acknowledging
Every Blessing, Rev. Tina