Matthew 7:13,14 - The Narrow or Wide Gate? Part 3

Mat.7:13, 14; The Narrow or Wide Gate? Part III

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad
is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go
in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew
7:13,14 (KJV)

Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide
and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel
it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is
hard, and there are few people who find it. Mat 7:13,14 (TEV)

When you think that the way is too strait, that there is too
much self-denial in this narrow path; when you say, How hard to give
up all, ask yourselves the question, What did Christ give up for
me? This question puts anything that we may call self-denial in the
shade.  Behold Him in the garden, sweating great drops of blood. A
solitary angel is sent from heaven to strengthen the Son of God. Follow
Him on His way to the judgment hall, while He is derided, mocked,
and insulted by that infuriated mob.  Behold Him clothed in that old
purple kingly robe.  Hear the coarse jest and cruel mocking. See them
place upon that noble brow the crown of thorns, and then smite Him
with a reed, causing the thorns to penetrate His temples, and the
blood to flow from that holy brow.  Hear that murderous throng eagerly
crying for the blood of the Son of God. He is delivered into their
hands, and they lead the noble sufferer away, pale, weak, and fainting,
to His crucifixion. He is stretched upon the wooden cross, and the
nails are driven through His tender hands and feet. Behold Him hanging
upon the cross those dreadful hours of agony until the angels veil
their faces from the horrid scene, and the sun hides its light,
refusing to behold.  Think of these things, and then ask, Is the way too
strait? No, no. 1T240-421