The broad road to destruction was for Israel
When I preached a sermon at my Church in 2008, I quoted Matthew 7:21 warning my fellow believers that Jesus was coming soon and that not everyone who called Him “Lord, Lord”, would go to heaven. I told them that the broad majority of Christians would go to hell, but only the narrow minority of very devoted Christians would be saved. I told them to stop sinning and surrender their lives because the judgment was coming. But when I understood the context many years later, I was set free from this fear-based teaching.
Luke 13:22-29 “He went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem. One said to him, “Lord, are they few who are saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside, and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ then he will answer and tell you, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ He will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in God’s Kingdom, and yourselves being thrown outside. They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in God’s Kingdom.”
Jesus preached in Israel and called His disciples to forsake the Law and sell all their possessions to leave Jerusalem before it was destroyed in 70AD. When Jesus spoke to the Jews, He was telling them that the broad majority of Jews would not believe in Him. But only a narrow minority of them would be saved. Jesus was not talking to any of us because it says that those who were left out would tell Him that they personally ate with Him and heard His teaching. This clearly shows that this was about the Jews who personally witnessed Christ and not anyone else. Most of the Jews perished in Jerusalem in 70AD, but most of the Gentiles from all other nations were saved.
The rapture, resurrection and final judgment is coming in the future.
Today is the day of salvation!
Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead. Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ receives forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Jesus told the Jews that most of them would reject Him.
13 “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……21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Only those who DOES the will of the Father would be saved.
But what is the WORK that God requires?
26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
The “work” that God requires OR the “will” of God is that we believe in Jesus for salvation. The will of God is faith in Jesus for salvation.
Jesus is the true bread of eternal life for salvation into a heavenly kingdom for all who believe in Him. But the Jews trusted in the Law of Moses (symbolized by earthly bread of manna)! They looked for an earthly kingdom in Israel with earthly bread and this is why they crucified Jesus.
30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
John 6:35,37-40 “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty….ALL those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that EVERYONE who looks to the Son and BELIEVES in him shall have ETERNAL LIFE, and I will raise them up at the last day.”