“You need to act quickly the offer won’t last for long. Operators are standing by. Don’t delay, Call now”
A sales pitch to create a sense of urgency.
Jesus makes a declaration in Matthew 7.
Not all of these words bring comfort. All of these words are true.
““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Jesus doesn’t say it here, but he does say in other places that he is the only way to our heavenly Father.
In John 10 Jesus uses the example of a sheep pen where shepherds put their sheep to keep them safe. He says that he is the gate to the sheep pen. The only way in is through him.
Jesus said in John 14, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
This is some news that isn’t bad, it’s just restrictive.There is only one way to God and it is Jesus. The good news is that he has come and died for us all. Not everyone will believe that. There is more good news and that is that he rose from the dead and now lives forever. Not everyone will believe that. These truths are true for everyone. No one is excluded from the promise of forgiveness of sin and eternal life in heaven but not everyone will believe it and receive it.
Every person will make their own decision. I have decided to believe in Jesus and be welcomed into the family of God.
We have a limited time to respond. We have today, well, we have now. Not all of us will make it through this day. God is always standing by waiting for us to respond to his offer.
Don’t delay, call now.
(Originally posted 1/23/17)