Who can be saved? What makes us worthy to enter into the Kingdom of God? Is it our good deeds? Does being a faithful churchgoer make us worthy? Is it our love of each other or of the Lord? In today’s gospel passage, Jesus gives us a sobering response.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.’
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”
Ouch. The door is locked because we choose to do the things that benefit ourselves, not the Kingdom of God. As difficult as this teaching is, it does provide an answer to the questions above.
What is the answer? Jesus. We can never earn our way or make ourselves worthy. We must be humble of heart. Only in humility can we know that it is Jesus alone who makes us worthy.
Think about it.