Luke 7:29-30 All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.
Picture yourself standing at the front door of the house. You can hear people having fun inside and would like to go in too. But you don’t really believe in using doors. Unfortunately all the windows are locked and you haven’t mastered the skill of making your body go through a wall yet. So you are stuck on the outside, because you wouldn’t use the door. It’s your loss, really. There is much fun to be had inside. Not only that, but if it starts raining, you are going to be miserable. And if you live in Washington, it is inevitable that it will happen soon.
Do you know what happened to the Pharisees? They couldn’t enter the house that was the truth about Jesus Christ because they wouldn’t use the door. The door was repentance that came through baptism. People that came to John came to repent. But not the Pharisees; they were too religious to repent. They couldn’t see the error of their ways. If you refuse to see the error of your ways, you will not likely receive the truth that Jesus has to bring. You see, repentance comes before freedom. Repentance is the door for grace.
So many people want the grace without the repentance. They want to enter the house without using the door, but it just doesn’t work that way. Jesus came to make a way. He said that he was THE way, THE truth, and THE life. Do you get that? There are not many roads to grace. There are not many roads to heaven. No, there is just one: repentance, forgiveness, and justification through Christ Jesus. Have you tried to shortcut your way into grace? Have you been too stubborn or too prideful to admit where you are wrong? Use the door today, my friend. Use the door.