"Lord, are they few in number who are to be saved?" —Luke 13:23
Our society is in what psychologists call "denial." We are in denial concerning our addictions and the self-destruction due to our sins. We are in denial even of killing over nine million babies each year in the U.S.A. through surgical and chemical abortions. We refuse to face the facts that our actions have major consequences — even eternal life or everlasting damnation.
Jesus challenges us to come out of denial. He speaks the truth in love (Eph 4:15) and says:
- "Try to come in through the narrow door" of salvation (Lk 13:24).
- "Many...will try to enter and be unable" (Lk 13:24).
- Some will "stand outside knocking" (Lk 13:25).
- Some will hear the words: "Away from Me, you evildoers!" (Lk 13:27)
- "There will be wailing and grinding of teeth" (Lk 13:28).
- Some will be rejected (Lk 13:28).
- "People will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and will take their place at the feast in the kingdom of God" (Lk 13:29).
- "Some who are last will be first and some who are first will be last" (Lk 13:30).
Face reality. Walk in the truth. Let Jesus forgive and save you.
Prayer: Father, "when the saints go marching in, I want to be in that number."
Promise: "The Spirit too helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us." —Rm 8:26
Praise: The Audette family gathers each evening to pray together. They pray daily for each of their godchildren.
Reference: (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God or on audio AV 43-3 or video V-43.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 22, 2013
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