“Constricted is the way that leads away into life, LITV.
Jesus did not say “hard is the way”
It is more like “compressed” YLT
The Way is narrow in that it can only be found in Christ Himself.
Scientists look farther and father for biological life in other places in the universe.
Germs. big deal.
The natural creation is extremely exclusive when it comes to life.
Our planet is like an island in an vast ocean of uninhabitable space. Death.
We have been born into the only place where there is natural life.
This is a testimony of the narrowness of His eternal Life.
Adam is 7 billion people animated by death itself. But eternal Life is in One.
One man and One Way.
And the cross was the narrow gate. It was the eye of the needle because it was impossible for us to get out of ourselves. It is only made possible in God.
“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” Mt. 19:26
The narrowness of the Way is only constricted in proportion to how immensely impossible it for man to attain salvation by his own strength and on His own merits.
You died with Christ.
You are risen in Him.
The gate was only tight upon entrance. If you can see it, you have been funneled through this door into an unimaginably wide place. In Christ you are in the New Creation. You are now born again into the only place where there is eternal Life
You have been brought into “the land of the Living”.
When literal translations show Jesus saying we are to believe “INTO” Him. it is not at all about becoming Jesus pr anything but abiding in JESUS. He is the secret place of the Most High. He is our only refuge,
“Many of the Samaritans out of that city believed INTO Him” Jn. 4:39 LITV
“The one who hears My word, and believes the One who has sent Me, has everlasting life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” Jn. 5:24 LITV
“I am the Bread of life; the one coming to Me will not at all hunger, and the one believing INTO Me will never ever thirst.” Jn.6:35 LITV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one believing INTO Me has everlasting life. I am the Bread of life.” Jn 6:47-48 LITV
“The one believing INTO Me, as the Scripture said, Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.” Jn 7:38 LITV
I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one believing INTO Me, though he die, he shall live. And everyone living and believing INTO Me shall not ever die forever”Jn. 11:25-26LITV
“”Jesus cried out and said, The one believing INTO Me does not believe into Me, but Into the One sending Me” Jn 12: 44 LITV
“I have come as a Light to the world, that everyone who believes INTO Me may not remain in the darkness” Jn 12:46 LITV