Advent:Following The Narrow Path Back To Heaven, Back To God
Filed Under: Christian, Lifestyle | Posted: 12/04/2012 at 8:17AM
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This is the first week of Advent, a time of preparedness for all Christians as we reflect upon the promises of God as told through his chosen prophets as epiphanies about Jesus are unfolded one by one declaring his arrival and how through his life, our lives can and will change.
It is up to us to decide whether we accept these biblical accountings as merely stories, or as God unfolding his plan for mankind’s salvation. It is up to each person to decide whether they wish to see these stories as old Hebrew folklore, or God lighting the path home to heaven and to God himself.
MATTHEW: 7:13-14 Enter ye in the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in threat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Jesus is telling us in these verses that, once we choose to take his path, the strait and narrow path, the path to salvation we must be careful not to take our eyes off that path, or off the strait gate. The pathway is fraught with many different choices, and decisions, but if we remain loyal to our choice to be a Christian, to follow and demonstrate the characteristics of Jesus, of christianity, rather than letting temptations like the fruit of the tree of good and evil distract us and cause us to go in a different path then we will definitely find our way back to heaven and our Father God.
Satan wants to distract us. He wants us looking in a different direction. He wants to shift our focus from Jesus waiting for us at the gate enterance to some meaningless shiny bobble off the true path trying to see if we will change direction and follow him into a world without God, which well lead us to the lake of fire rather than heaven.
He tempts us with many different shiny prizes be they wealth, or fame, or glamour, or charisma, power, just as he did Jesus in the desert. All of these are illusionary though they are not real and they are not his to offer, not to anyone. But asJesus tells him at MATTHEW: 4:4; “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Indeed we need bread to sustain our physical mortal bodies, food sustains our physicality, keeps our bodies going so that we can continue our journey down that long narrow path, but, as we are spirit beings we do not require either bread or water to exist spiritually. Jesus offers us life long sustainance through the celebration of the Eucharist everytime we partake of it. His flesh his blood nourishes us spiritually.
As spirit beings though, we do require God’s holiness God’s holy word to continually uplift us allowing us to continually glorify God, Jesus. When we permit God’s Holy Word through his teachings in the Holy Bible to be our food and drink we will never be hungry or thirsty again. This is God’s promise to us.