This signifies a great struggle against conflict. Entering through the narrow gate is difficult because of its cost in terms of human pride, because of the sinner’s natural love for sin, and because of the world’s and Satan’s opposition to the truth.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 13:24.
Picture this: A city shaped like a cube that covers the United States from the Atlantic coast to the middle of Kansas, and from Texas to the Canadian border-1,400 miles long, wide, and high. It covers about two million square miles of land; but because it’s a cube with room for about 600 “floors”, all total it has 1.2 billion square miles of living space. That’s the city the Bible calls the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2).
Sometimes people wonder whether there will be room in heaven for all the millions of believers destined to go there. Based on the above dimensions, it would appear so! The New Jerusalem is not heaven-it’s a city in heaven that will serve as the “capital” of heaven. In it are the thrones of God and the Lamb, a river of the water of life, and the tree of life: food, water, and Jesus Christ-everything needed to live forever. The question is not whether there will be room in the New Jerusalem for everyone-there will be-but rather, will you be there? Jesus has invited you to join Him there.
Commentary from the Pathways Devotional by David Jeremiah, May 11.
The city is laid out as a square;
its length is as great as its breadth.
And he measured the city with the reed:
twelve thousand furlongs.
Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
Enter through the narrow gate.
For the gate is wide and road is broad
that leads to destruction,
and there are many
who go through it.
“He must not be able to suspect that he is now, however slowly, heading right away from the sun on a line which will carry him into the cold and dark of utmost space.” The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis