88 The Kingdom demands a wholehearted effort.

Luke 13:22–30

Why were Jesus’ journeys never like a freeway (Luke 13:22)?

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Apart from Jesus preaching the Kingdom, what was the Jewish concept of “salvation” (Luke 13:23)?

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Why might someone listening to Jesus’ teaching think only a few would be saved (Luke 13:23)?

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Much has been taught today about the free gift of salvation. Why is it free? Why might we say it is not entirely “free” but comes at significant cost (Luke 13:23–28)?

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How would the Jews have felt when told they would not enjoy a heritage with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Luke 13:23–28)?

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If God is longsuffering, not wanting any to perish, why will it ever be “too late” (Luke 13:23–28)?

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What do you think it will be like to “sit at God’s table in the Kingdom (Luke 13:29)?

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Why will some people’s position on Earth be reversed (Luke 13:29)?

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On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went.

Eyewitness

Luke 13:22 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went.
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Luke 13:22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

Someone said, “Sir, will only a few people be saved?”

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Luke 13:23 Someone said, “Sir, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus said,
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Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

Jesus said, “You must give a wholehearted effort to enter the Kingdom because the entrance is narrow. With a halfhearted effort, many will try to enter but will fail. After the homeowner rises to lock the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside, knocking, and saying, ‘Sir, open the door,’ but he will say, ‘I do not know you or where you are from.’ You will beg, saying, ‘We ate and drank with you. We heard you teaching in our streets.’ But he will answer, ‘No. I am telling you, I do not know where you are from. Get out of here, you workers of unrighteousness.’ When you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, you will cry and grit your teeth in pain because you have been shut out.

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Luke 13:23–28 Someone said, “Sir, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus said, “You must give a wholehearted effort to enter the Kingdom because the entrance is narrow. With a halfhearted effort, many will try to enter but will fail. After the homeowner rises to lock the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside, knocking, and saying, ‘Sir, open the door,’ but he will say, ‘I do not know you or where you are from.’ You will beg, saying, ‘We ate and drank with you. We heard you teaching in our streets.’ But he will answer, ‘No. I am telling you, I do not know where you are from. Get out of here, you workers of unrighteousness.’ When you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, you will cry and grit your teeth in pain because you have been shut out.
King James

Luke 13:23–28 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

“People will come from everywhere, from the east, west, north, and south, to sit at God’s table in the Kingdom. You see, some who have the seat of lowest honor here will have the highest there. And some who have the seat of highest honor here will have the lowest there.”

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Luke 13:29–30 “People will come from everywhere, from the east, west, north, and south, to sit at God’s table in the Kingdom. You see, some who have the seat of lowest honor here will have the highest there. And some who have the seat of highest honor here will have the lowest there.”
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Luke 13:29–30 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.