There was a song written many years ago by a man named Ron
Burrell called “Many Roads”. We have all been down many roads in our lives,
some more than others simply because of age, some simply because of experience.
When Jesus speaks of the way, or you read about a way in the old testament, it
is referring to a road or a path.
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.
Haters and Bigots Along the Road
I think of this song when I read these statements made by
Jesus sitting on the side of a mount talking with Hebrews about the way of the
Father of creation. I find this passage rather treacherous in the scope of our
“Christianity” today. If you are thought of as narrow in your thinking and
lifestyle, you are thought to be a bigot, and full of hatred. Have we widened
the road so we don’t feel as if we are “haters” or bigots?
How is it that is we say that we hate sin and the perverting
of existence created by the Father, we automatically hate these people? This is
where everything get’s clouded and judgement can be persuaded into broadening
the way if we continue to allow our thinking to be moved by those who are full
of hatred. It is a difficult way and Jesus said it would be when he said,
“strait is the gate”.
Strait is the Road
This word does not mean a straight line, it means what it
says, a strait! A strait is a way that is filled with obstacles and challenges
that are very difficult to navigate, and it will try to steer you to the left
or to the right and broaden the way so that it becomes an easier road. He also
said that there are only a few that find this way.
We have seen this time and again in our world of
“Christianity”, we continue to broaden the way because of love! But in the end
the true love of Jehovah narrows the way and brings us into that strait filled
with the obstacles and challenges that try to turn us from the truth.
These challenges and obstacles are not always what we think they are and seeing the truth is not always easy. Jehovah does not love rebellion and disobedience, and to say that he loves those who are rebellious would be disingenuous. The Father loves what he created, and this is why we see Jesus, because when the Father created the first man it was in His image and likeness. In Jesus we can see what the Father created man to be and the life that is afforded to those who believe in that way (road) that leads us to the truth of life. (John 14:6)