â€œEnter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

--Matthew 7:13-14

 

The Narrow Road is committed to revealing Truth and sharing the Gospel of the Lamb.

Yahshua, Jesus Christ, Lord & Savior

The Way. The Truth. The Life. 

 

What's in a Name? 

Read on to find out..

 

Did you know that if you could go back to the time of the twelve apostles, if you walked up to Peter and said, "Please, take me to see  Jesus Christ", Peter would get a puzzled look on his face and say the equivalent of, "Who, or what is that?"  Did you know that no one who followed Jesus was capable of accurately pronouncing in English the name "Jesus"? The truth is, if you  could go back in time, Peter would probably say something more like, "Come, let me introduce you to  Y'shua the Messiah."  

Today, to make Y'shua more English user-friendly, some Messianics have replaced the apostrophe with the letter "e" as a least pronounced vowel in the English language, rendering it as Yeshua. This version of the Messiah's name is one that I used for some time as well. But because the "e" is almost always over-pronounced, sounding like one is beginning to say the word "yes", and the emphasis wrongly placed on the second syllable, I now prefer to use the more correctly pronounced spelling of Yahshua. It is pronounced like "Joshua" with a "y". The emphasis should remain with God's name in the first syllable.  

With the new official English pronunciation of the name "Jee-zuz",  the last remaining sound found in the name "Yahshua", (the oo as in "soon" sound), had vanished. Nothing in this name remains recognizable in either the sound or the meaning of the name Yahshua. It should also be pointed out that the word "Christ" is not a name but a title. It is basically a Greek  translation of the title Messiah and means "anointed one". So all that is left of the sweet gentle sound of Yahshua the Messiah is the series of phonetically harsh sounds "Jee-zuz Chr-i-st", which no doubt has lent this name to the abuse it has suffered. At one time, I believed the name Jesus Christ is commonly used in cursing because Jesus is his name and God-less men hate it. But in all my research, I have been unable to find one other language in which his name is used in a similar cursing manner. No other language renders the Lord's name with the phonetic harshness as does the English language. One exception would be the near identical way "Christ" in pronounced in French, and interestingly enough, it too is regularly used in cursing!  Considering the indisputable fact that for nearly fifteen hundred years after Yahshua walked the earth the world never heard the name "Jesus", I can only conclude that the English version of his name is abused solely because of its harsh sound Remember, the name Jesus has existed for only a few hundred years. 

There is no doubt that many prayers that have been prayed in the name of  "Jesus" have been answered. I can personally attest to this fact. But this does not prove that  Jesus is the Messiah's true name. What it does indicate is that God is good and merciful in spite of our ignorance. It proves that God judges the heart of man and not his head. He is a righteous judge and judges a man on what his heart causes him to do with what he does know. He does not judge a man simply on the basis of what he does not  know. If God were to wait until a man's understanding were perfect, man would never receive anything from Him. We should be eternally grateful to God for His goodness toward us even while we are ignorant of so much truth. But you are now no longer ignorant of the truth concerning the name of His Son, Yahshua the Messiah. 

Consider this possibility. It could very well be that it is God's intention to return the true name of His Son Yahshua to those who truly love him at this time soon before Yahshua's return. 

So what will you do with the new knowledge you now possess?  What you do with it will speak volumes in heaven. Listen to the importance that God the Father places on knowing a name. 

 

 

"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation." Psalm 91:14-16

 

HOW NARROW IS THE NARROW ROAD?

 

Salvation and holiness are found only in Christ.
When we called on the name of Yahshua,we entered through the narrow gate, and received salvation and eternal Life. However, as soon as we walked through the gate, we made a discovery that the road behind the gate was more narrow than we thought. We looked around to see how other Christians were handling this precarious path. To our astonishment, we found out that most people who call themselves 'Christians' had a construction crew on both sides of the narrow road working hard to widen it.
When we asked why they were doing this they said..
 
'We are dealing with a modern world that has different needs than in the past. We are called to minister to people and we must do all we can to make them feel comfortable and welcome. After all, we are competing with a world out there that has everything to offer.
If we tell them about picking up the cross and denying themselves and laying down their lives for the sake of Christ, we will definitely lose them.
These old views of Christianity were a misunderstanding of Scripture and don't fit any longer. As Christians we deserve the best of everything in this life."
 
Essentially, they are saying we need to 'update and redefine' the gospel to make it more attractive to fallen man - therefore they say, don't use the words sin, repentance, the Cross, the blood, hell, holy living and especially, separation from the world.
 
This is a LIE. An EXCUSE.
They have tried to make the narrow road wider and wider to accomodate peoples wants, dreams and wishes..
This is a false gospel, a perversion of the true gospel.
 
To many Christians today, God has become almost a servant, to fulfill all their desires.
Our church buildings cost millions of dollars, our Christian programs, entertainment and resources are the best in the world, and we are very proud of our achievements.
Our personal and family lives are structured to meet our desires for comfort and ease.
For far too many, the 'narrow road' has slowly become so wide that it is hard to distinguish it from the 'broad road.'
Have we become so self-centered and so insensitive that we no longer hear the call of Yahshua, our Lord, to follow His example, to walk as He walked, to even give up our lives for those who have never heard His name?
We must remember that God has never enlarged the small gate or His narrow road.
Deciding to choose the narrow road means you will often walk alone, you will settle for less, you will deny yourself, your wants and your wishes, while others enjoy traveling comfortably on the broad road.
 
Today, in this world filled with mega-churches and multiplied millions of "Christians", I fear that only a precious few would stop to hear our Lord if he called them to lay down their lives for a lost soul.
 
Stay on the Narrow Road.
THE SON OF GOD LEFT HIS FOOTPRINTS ON IT.
AT THE END OF THE ROAD YOU WILL MEET HIM.
Praise Yahweh!
 
 

 

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