Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalms 16:1-2,5,7-11; I Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35
Early one morning a cruise ship was making its way into port …
A storm was rising and, because of the heavy seas, the regular gangway could not be used to disembark the passengers. Instead, a narrow gangway was substituted. It was so narrow that it could accommodate only one passenger at a time.
The going was treacherous as the swells caused the ship to sway and lurch. Nevertheless, each passenger in turn slowly and cautiously made his or her way down the ramp. Finally, a woman in her late seventies appeared at the top of the gangplank. Crew members stood motionless as she slowly edged her way down and, to everyoneís relief, stepped safely onto the dock.
Whereupon she looked back up and called out, ìItís okay mother, you can come down now.î
When Jesus calls us into His Kingdom, He warns us that we must enter through a narrow passageway. Enter by the ìnarrow gate and a hard road that leads to life,î…