Sunday, July 4, 2021

““Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The Dung Gate of Jerusalem was one of twelve gates of which Nehemiah oversaw the rebuilding. The dung herder would transport waste via caravan of donkeys through the narrow, 1.5 meter wide gate toward the southern border of the city then dump it in the landfill. What was his life like? How was he treated in society?

The life of following Christ is not an easy one that will win one any popularity contests. Over and over again, Jesus tells those who seek to be like Him they will suffer, as He suffered. In fact, the root word for “narrow” is akin to the base word from which “trauma” is derived. Do not expect to be treated any better than the person carrying human feces outside the city gates.

What hope have we who are night and day tormented ruthlessly at the hands of the evil accuser Satan?

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:7-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Yes, in the end, Jesus wins! And we win! The person Nehemiah tasked with repairing the Dung gate was not entrusted to just anyone but to one in the priestly line. Likewise, Jesus cleans away all our filth and grime as we pass through the narrow gate.

True freedom is found only in surrender to the One who has already died and conquered death. Celebrate this freedom today!🚦

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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