22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
One thing that struck me about this passage was about the people who were rejected entry into the house.These people recognise the Lord and also recognise that He is the only One who can open the door. These people actually ate and drank with Jesus and also listened to His teachings. They had communion with Him and also listened to His Words, learned from His teachings. Yet twice Jesus tells them that He does not know where they come from and they are told to depart. These people will see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and recognise all these people of God but yet remain cast out. What then was the problem?
The problem lay in the fact that Jesus did not know these people. There was no personal relationship between them and Jesus. Jesus did not know them, they did not know Him. It is not sufficient to just know about Jesus, our Lord but to know Him. A personal relationship is not an outward show of familiarity but instead, an inward sharing of lives. Even though the context was when Jesus was travelling to Jerusalem where He knew He was going to be crucified, but do we too think like the Jews? Do we think that we will be first into the kingdom? For some are first who will be last. Let us all seek after this Friend, this Father. Let us know Him, and He know us. Let Him not say at the end that He did not know us.