“(The man) fell to cutting and hacking most fiercely. So after he had received and given many wounds to those that attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through them all, and pressed forward into the palace, at which there was a pleasant voice heard from those that were within, even of those that walked upon the top of the palace, saying, Come in, come in; Eternal glory thou shalt win.”
Luke 13:24, Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”
Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.” Hebrews 4:11
Acts 14:22 “strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
Read Matthew 11:7-11
To think that even though John was greater than anyone born of a woman, any Christian is even greater. The reason is that a Christian is not just born of a woman; he is also born again by the power of God. While John the Baptist spent his life preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand, those of us who are Christians have the privilege of being a part of that kingdom.
The Effort of Forceful Men
Read Matthew 11:12-15
There seem to be two different groups of men who are being discussed here by Jesus. First of all, there are forceful men who seize hold of the kingdom of God. And secondly, there are others who reject it even though they have seen the evidence. Jesus commends the one group and he condemns the other.
Some are willing to do whatever it takes, make whatever sacrifices are necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven. “Set down my name Sir!
It has been said that our favorite hypocrisy is to make a choice and then to refuse to pay for it.
The price for the Christian life is high, and Jesus wants us to count that cost as part of our decision to follow him.
Read Matthew 10:34-39
The Cost of Accepting “free” Grace
We must be willing to face broken earthly relationships in order to have our relationship with God restored.
We must be willing to pay the price whatever that price may be in our lives.
No one will stroll into the Celestial City with his hands in his pockets.
That place is reserved for forceful men who in their desperation will do whatever it takes.
We can’t just sit back, relax and take it easy. Rather, we as Christians must continue to struggle toward heaven. We must be diligent to enter that place of rest. We must strive to enter the narrow gate. We must constantly struggle with whatever forces within or without us that try to keep us out of heaven. We must shout to the recorder, “Set my name down, sir,” and then we must fight our way into the Celestial city of God.