Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
After leaving Jerusalem, Jesus went through the towns and villages in Galilee, teaching as he made his way back to Jerusalem.
In one town, someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
Good question. I leaned in a little, so I didn’t miss the answer. Many Jews think they’ll be saved regardless, because, well…we’re Jews. God’s chosen people.
He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
Being Jewish didn’t guarantee us a place with Jesus in the end times. Even non-Jews, the Gentiles, have a chance to be there…