Then Jesus left Jerusalem and went back again across the Jordan River to the place where John had been baptizing (135). Many people came to him. “John the Baptizer didn’t do miracles,” some said, “but everything he said about Jesus is true.” And many people believed in Jesus.
As Jesus went through towns and villages east of the Jordan River, once he was asked, “Sir, will just a few people be saved from hell & admitted to heaven?”
In response, Jesus said, “Getting into heaven is not as easy as you think.
“First, you can only enter heaven by a very, very narrow gate.
“Many people will try to go in by looking for a wider gate, but that won’t work.
“Second, at some point God will close the narrow gate. Then when you stand outside and knock to enter, God will say, ‘I don’t know you.’ You may answer, ‘But we ate and drank with you; you taught in our town.’ But he will say again, ‘I don’t know you. It’s too late for you to enter.’
“When you are on the outside looking in, you will cry and grind your teeth in perpetual pain. But you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets in heaven with God.
“And other faithful people from every nation will come & enter heaven to be with God.
“Some of the people whom you thought would be last in line to enter heaven will actually be first. And you people who should have been first in line will be dead last.”
(135) John 10:40-42, Luke 13:22-30