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

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

Matthew 7:13,14 (KJV)  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 

Mat 7:13,14 (TEV)  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.  

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