Albert E. Farley
In Matthew 7:13, 14 and in Luke 13:24, our LORD stated plainly that the gate in which all must pass in order to enter onto the narrow way that leads to eternal life is strait. This is not s-t-r-a-i-g-h-t but is s-t-r-a-i-t, meaning “narrow.” The Bible dictionary teaches us that it is narrow “from obstacles standing close about.” (Strongs).
The Strait of Magellan is a narrow, rough waterway at the tip of South America. Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer sailing for Spain, discovered this strait as he sought a passageway through the continent to the spice islands. This strait was not straight. The winding route through treacherous waters required great caution and the readiness, at any time, to turn away from threatening rocks and shoals. The ships fought unpredictable winds and currents, cold, and heavy rains. One ship was wrecked in a storm, and another deserted and sailed back to Spain. At last, after one month, they succeeded in reaching the end of the strait. They came upon a great body of calm water which Magellan called Tepre Pacificum = “pacific” or “peaceful sea.” The beautiful, peaceful waters were a great contrast to their dangerous voyage through the strait.
Friends, if we would enter into heaven, the peaceful home of the soul prepared by God for all of His faithful children, we must enter into the s-t-r-a-i-t gate and walk on the narrow way of affliction and tribulation. Jesus has charted the way; He is the Captain of our salvation. Many will not enter. Many, having entered become shipwrecked because of a lack of faith and service to their Captain. Many turn back into the world, but, for all who will endure to the end, a beautiful home of peace and joy awaits. “The toils of the road will seem as nothing when we get to the end of the way!”
Thank you so much for helping to hold our circulation last month: 2,813. Please continue helping and praying. –Albert.
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