The wide path is a very popular one which many find, but for those who decide on or are chosen to the less popular narrow way will be met with a variety of persecutions all of which Christ already endured to enter glory. On the way to Em-ma’-us the disciples eyes were closed to knowing that Jesus was walking with them on their journey, but later when they sat together for the breaking of bread their eyes were opened and they realized why their heart was burning within them! “And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”.(Luke 24:15,16,25,26,30-32).
When we come to the knowledge of the truth found only in Christ, others are still seeking the knowledge of the world and the next empty pleasure. As we wait upon the Lord our enemies think God will not intercede on our behalf and will not plead our righteous cause we show towards him, but they will be made aware that we truly are his! “For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets”.(Micah 7:6-10).
Jesus tells us we are of the household of faith and all who are in the body of Christ are our family. The world says blood is thicker than water, but the water of regeneration which flows through them bringing forth the truth of eternity is of a stronger nature! It is a well of living water Jesus himself said is eternal as he spoke to the woman of Samaria at the well. “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life”.(John 4:13,14).
The household of faith are a family of believer’s who love and follow the will of God as we see when Jesus was told his mother and brethren wanted to see him, and his reply was of a spiritual sense as he said: “And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it“.(Luke 8:20,21). At the cross we learn the confirmation of this family unit as Jesus spoke to John. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cle’-o-phas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! and from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home”.(John 19:25-27).