The Pharisees continually confronted Jesus with their interpretations of the law. In order to be right they had to make God wrong. When anyone attempts to make God wrong they essentially make gods of themselves. Jesus response to such god making is to take us back to the narrow gate with its narrow road (Cf. Matt 7:14).
Jesus takes us back because he desires to restore what was lost in the garden. He beckons us back so that he can restore our life to the way it is supposed to be with God. Go back with Him. Walk with Him. Talk to Him, and let him talk to you. Then, suddenly, in the midst of the conversation you will say, “Did not my heart burn within me while He talked to me by the way,” (Cf. Luke 24:32).
Jesus takes us back not to live in the past, but so that we will know where he is leading. Where is Jesus leading us? He is leading us out of this world so that he can lead us into a place where, “There will be no curse, the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servant will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamb or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”
Jesus finished His Sermon on the Mount with three allegories: Two gates – narrow or wide, two fruit trees – good or bad, and two foundations – sand or rock. The allegories are warnings that a choice about Jesus must be made. Matthew has portrayed Jesus as the adjudicator of humanities destiny, thus the choice is one with eternal consequences.
In Jesus’ allegories He asks, “What will you do with me?” Will you pass through the wide or the narrow gate? Will you follow me, or reject me for the world?” Jesus asks, “Will you find in me the inner source of transformation that produces the good fruit of life, or will you follow the voices of the world that promise everything, but deliver only emptiness?” Jesus asks, “Will you obey God’s will and come to me as your Lord and Savior, or will you chase after false manifestations of spirituality?” Jesus asks, “Will you build your life on my solid rock, or build on that which will leave you unprepared for the storms that are about to break over you and wash you away?”
Not pretty pictures are they? But these are the question Jesus asks you to answer. The days of this earth have been allotted, and this world may end sooner than you think, so you must be prepared at all times for what lies beyond. Therefore, I must ask, “What are you doing with Jesus?”