As Wide as the Cross — By Way of Conclusion
“Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (AMP)
Today I will finally wrap up some thoughts I had concerning something my Thunder twin, Brother Jak Werz, had said one Sunday morning after experiencing a walk through The Tabernacle (replicated). He read some key verses from The Sermon on the Mount as we would find in Matthew seven and then said, “The road to the narrow gate is as wide as the Cross.” Later on he would share with me that Jesus wouldn’t like hitchhikers and I would agree. The walk down the road is totally based on your individual relationship with Jesus; after all, only one person hangs on a cross. Hmmm…anyway.
So I think about the word gate, then think “gate=door” and wonder to myself about “Ego Eimi”(I AM). In the Gospel of John Jesus says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9) A lot of people will hear the words of Christ but do not understand them, simply because they will not. For those with ears that hear they will understand that Jesus Christ is the Door (or gate). By faith in Him as the great Mediator between God and man, He is an open door for passage and communication. The directions on how to come into the fold are plain and clear; we must come in by Jesus Christ as the Door.
It is at this point during His Sermon on the Mount Jesus will present two choices, just like Moses did centuries before (Deut 30:19-20). Once again the children of Israel (as are we) are being given the option to choose between life and death…blessing and curse. But where Moses could only pinpoint the matter to nothing else but to love God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their strength Jesus tightens the relationship by adding love your neighbor as yourself. Those on the wide road heading towards the wide gate can only follow the passions of their heart in its fallen state. Death to self is impossible to fathom for them.
The absolute nature of the choice before us cuts across any easy-going way of just combining a little bit of this and a little bit of that and calling it a belief system. That kinda broad road turns into a suicide drive no matter how good a driver you think you are. You’ll choose between broad or narrow, true or false, words or deeds, rock or sand. None the matter you will make a choice whether you choose to believe this or not. Keep this in mind…fence riding is not an option you’ll get spat out, believe that!!
To finish this up, as I walked through the East Gate of the Tabernacle Experience my own sense of awe and reverence took over. It was important to stop at each station and go through what was done as it was done in the days of Moses (minus the animal sacrifice). It was going through the narrow opening and being in the Holy of Holies that made it come together. Taking the narrow road means to have a sense of the boundaries of obedience or being in front of the Ark of Covenant would have meant being struck down by His Shekinah Glory. That’s why the Only Begotten Son was sent, to take on what we can’t so we can have the love we don’t deserve. Amen? Chris Hughes graduated from the Colony of Mercy and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “So near is He that not even our nearest friends can come so close! So simple is He that His messages come as the intuition of our own hearts; and yet He is the wonderful Counselor and the mighty God for all our perplexities and all our hard places.”—A.B. Simpson
Verse to Memorize: I will lift my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2