Sobering words from Jesus today in Luke 35.
22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
This story reminds me of those awkward moments when you start talking to someone you know but you can tell they have no idea who you are. You know them, and you think they know you, but they don’t. Will it be that way for me when I see Jesus face to face? I shudder to think….
I wish I could just explain this story away. Or cut it out of my Bible, like a few other stories. I mean, God is love, and compassion, and shows mercy. This just doesn’t seem to fit. Then sometimes I think of people I know or read about that profess to be Christians, but they say and/or do things that are so contradictory to Jesus’s teachings. I suppose many of these folks are examples of the people Jesus is talking about here.
Maybe I need to make sure, really make sure… Do I truly know Jesus? More importantly, does He know me?