“Again-Rising And Life” ( John 11:25, WYC ) by Carley Evans

English: Raising of Lazarus by Jesus

Jesus speaks in analogy or parable quite often, but before asking Lazarus to wake up from death and come out of the tomb, He tells Martha, Lazarus’ sister: “I am again rising and life; he that believeth in me, yea, though he be dead, he shall live.” Jesus does not tell Martha a story meant to represent something else; rather, He tells her the truth – that He is eternal; that, despite death, He lives forever; that, belief in Him results in this same eternal life.

Don’t you wonder how Jesus stays out of the pits where the lepers live? How is it no one throws Him in with those society hates? Well, yes, His neighbors do attempt toss Him over a cliff; but in general, especially today, Jesus is called “a great teacher.” A great teacher? Jesus is not a great teacher if He is not God. He claims to be God, the One and Only God. Jesus either tells us the truth – that He is God – or He’s crazy. Why does anyone listen to an insane man?

Jesus gains the ears of modern theologians – who may or may not believe in His divinity –  because He demonstrates God’s glory and displays God’s power of “again-rising and life.”

“The Narrow Gate” ( Matthew 7:13-14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

English: Old and very narrow kissing gate near...

Jesus says that few find the narrow gate.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

Jesus says the road to destruction is essentially an easy one in comparison to “the road that leads to life.” The road to life is “difficult” not only to find but to travel. Yet, Jesus also says that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He says His yoke is easy; His burden is light. Jesus makes eternal life sounds easy, not difficult. Jesus says to take up your cross daily; He says to leave everything to follow Him.

Perhaps this is the narrow gate He speaks of — this leaving behind everything to walk after Him. That road is hard; that gate is narrow and tricky to navigate; less attractive to the natural man. The natural man wants his own way — the way to destruction that is broad with the gate that is wide. Many do indeed find this way, walking right by the narrow gate and the hard road to life.