John 10:7, 9-10: “Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’”

A fence-less society is God’s dream for us, and this is definitely not a pipe dream. We will live to see a society built solely on love and mutual respect; a world where even animals will stop killing each other; a world void of crime and abuse; a world where we can devote our energies to build, create, invent, explore, interact, and inspire. – Welcome to God’s kingdom!

God has paved a way to fulfill His dream by sending us the Prince of Peace. Jesus is the door opener to God’s peace on earth.

Whether we like it or not, we have an enemy to our soul. This enemy has many names and may look like the nightmare figure of a fairy tale, but his hate for us is very real. Satan has affected all of us one way or another. Despite his vicious activities though, he will not bring us down if we trust in the Lord.

As part of His salvation plan, God chose to become powerless and relinquish Himself. This goes against everything we believe. We believe in warfare and conquering by force. How in the world could God save us by letting go of His power and submitting to human limitations? As puzzling as it may be, God’s method of salvation is clearly not ours to choose.

The devil mistakenly believed that by having Jesus killed on the cross he would emerge as the winner. Ironically, Jesus won the war by letting Himself get killed. Jesus upholds the principle of peace to His dying breath.

Like yeast permeates the dough, that’s how God’s kingdom permeates the earth. In a world full of fences and ongoing violence we are offered a different way of thinking and a new code to live by. Following Jesus we become the light of the world, the salt of the earth and are blessed beyond compare. However, among all the gifts that Jesus has given – friendship with God is His greatest gift of all.

Christmas is upon us
It is Christmas time
And a longing for peace
Lives inside of men
In a broken world
In any nation at any time

Throughout time people pray
Crying out to the Most High
Our Heavenly Father
With great compassion
Gave His Son to us
On Christmas morn

Matthew 7:13-14: “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

The gate to God’s kingdom is narrow; does this mean that God is narrow-minded? The highway to hell is broad; does this mean that hell’s inhabitants are broadminded? Is Lucifer tolerant and accepting of you and me because he lets us travel down a six-lane freeway uninhibited, while God seemingly hasn’t upgraded heaven’s accessibility by holding on to an antiquated little gate that people have to pass through? Not only do we have to deal with a narrow gate, but also with difficult road conditions … does this mean that God doesn’t want us in Heaven in the first place?

If something in the Bible rubs me the wrong way this usually piques my interest. It makes me curious, and I want to dig deeper. Nothing is what it seems – especially when it comes to God – and knowing that God has the biggest heart and the sharpest mind, there is no way that He could be narrow-minded. So, what is up with this narrow gate and the bumpy road leading up to it? Does God just have a weird sense of humor? And is Lucifer being hospitable having a broad freeway leading to his hellish home? I believe we get the point when we not only look at the road but also consider its destination.

The comparison between the two roads is a comparison of lifestyles, which Jesus is pointing out in His Sermon on the Mount. According to Matthew’s gospel, Jesus opened up His sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes. (Matthew 5:3):

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” * Bible Version: New Living Translation

People who know that they are poor without God, Jesus calls them blessed. Knowing that we need God gives us direction. Not knowing that we need God makes us drifters. It does not really matter where we go when we do not follow the Lord. We will eventually drift into all kinds of different directions. Separated from God, we are on the aforementioned broad highway. Highway traffic does not necessarily equal an easy ride. It may very well be that we get stuck along the way. We may bump into each other causing accidents. There is road rage. Highway to hell is not as pleasant a road trip after all, hopefully to a point that some travelers second-guess their initial decision, abandon their car wreck and look for that unassuming bumpy road leading to an unassuming little gate where they receive a hearty welcome.

I have been on this bumpy road for a number of years and can say that God has never let me down. Walking with God is the most rewarding experience I know. Forget about road conditions! God with us, Immanuel, makes everything worthwhile.

Who knows – maybe the narrow gate’s purpose is to accommodate for a personal embrace. This little gate opens up to one person at a time. Welcomed by the Savior of the whole world, we peek over His shoulder and see the big crowd who preceded our homecoming. Everybody in that crowd passed through that narrow gate, right into the arms of Jesus.

“Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel, will I dance for You Jesus, or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine! I can only imagine!” (Bart Millard)