We hope that is ok, otherwise feel free to disable cookies in your browser.Open your Biblewith me and look together at Matthew chapter 7, verses 13 and 14. Those two verses form the text for the message from the Word of God which we'll be looking at this morning hour.
That is really the point to which He has been driving in all of the first part of this great, masterful sermon.He brings the whole thing to the climax of a decision, a choice.One of them is you cannot stand back and admire it.Jesus is not interested in bouquets for His ethics.Jesus is not interested in folks who want to just admire the virtues of the ethical statement of the Sermon on the Mount. I believe there is a second thing you can't do with the Sermon on the Mount and that is to push it into some prophetic tomorrow.
I don't think Jesus is suggesting that this is for some far future era.There's always an option so that there's always a choice.And the choice that is ultimate is the choice that God is most concerned about.In chapter 7 of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount which began in chapter 5 comes to a great crescendo, a great climax. The remainder of the sermon to the end of the chapter simply is an expansion of these two verses. "Enter in at the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be who go in that way.Because narrow is the gate and hard is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it."That is a provocative statement by our Lord.Someone has well said that all of life concentrates on man at the crossroads. From the time of our life when we are old enough to make an independent decision or any decision, life becomes a matter of constant decision making. We just pick roads all the way through life and so it is fair to say that life consists of man at the crossroads.