The following expounds two passages from Jesus’s beautiful and profound Sermon on the Mount. There is a way for all to be forgiven and walk towards the path of salvation, but it is up to the person to accept it. All people have the same choice, to believe or not to believe. There is a choice to follow in the humble footsteps of Jesus Christ or walk against His steps.
Furthermore, there will be those who will attempt to throw you off this humble path towards our Lord Jesus. Some will be in the form of a lamb on the outside, but with a raging lion or wolf underneath. Do not be fooled. Depend on our Lord Jesus Christ to be your Shepherd and to walk with you always. Ask Him for such strength and guidance. You will find it amazing that Jesus was with you all along.
In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus says, “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.”
Our Lord Jesus is describing the two paths in which humankind tends to choose between. There is the path to salvation, being quite narrow, and straight, leading the sheep clearly across the threshold, towards He who made us all. Then, there is the path of the unbelief that is quite broad. This broadness is depicted in the way that sin is all around, and there are many different routes to choose. The sheep are not enclosed in a path of clarity but confusion. Therefore, the sheep go wild, running in all directions, away from God. The idea is to stay on that ‘straight and narrow’ path, towards our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At the end of the day, all people have this choice of the path he or she is to travel. Our Lord is not spiteful against him or her who travels along the broader path. Jesus only waits patiently for the lost sheep to return to the straight and narrow trail. That is how much Jesus loves us. He lived on earth as we do, to show us the way to salvation. Jesus Christ is the way and the only way towards salvation.
Even those who are lost can be found, just as the found can also go astray. Be mindful of the love and compassion our Lord has for us all. Do not ignore it. Try to live it through Him each day. There will be countless times when even the most pious loses touch with his or her heart. Dwell not with your sins, but focus on repenting, and doing better by those mistakes. Our Lord Jesus is waiting for us to open our eyes and finally see Him as He is.
Then in Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus continues His sermon with, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
In this passage, Jesus explains how there will be many who will aim to deceive the sheep and gear them away from the Lord Jesus. Some will appear righteous and strong in their convictions, but there will be no truth to support their claims. It is very easy to be stricken by these false prophets. Some will be apparent in their fallacies, but others will not.
Jesus speaks about the “sheep’s clothing” that the wolves will wear. Do not be tricked or fooled by those who do not intend good or decency. Be aware of those around you. Ask the Lord for His strength and guidance. We will not always recognize the wolf in his soft, woolen apparel. Open you heart to the Lord and invite Him with you always. As long as you know Jesus is with you, there He will be, and stay.