“The people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.” Mark 9:15.
“How great the difference between Moses and Jesus! When the prophet of Horeb had been forty days upon the mountain, he underwent a kind of transfiguration, so that his countenance shone with exceeding brightness, and he put a veil over his face, for the people could not endure to look upon his glory. Not so our Savior. He had been transfigured with a greater glory than that of Moses, and yet, it is not written that the people were blinded by the blaze of his countenance, but rather they were amazed, and running to him they saluted him. The glory of the law repels, but the greater glory of Jesus attracts. Though Jesus is holy and just, yet blended with his purity there is so much of truth and grace, that sinners run to him amazed at his goodness, fascinated by his love; they salute him, become his disciples, and take him to be their Lord and Master. Reader, it may be that just now you are blinded by the dazzling brightness of the law of God. You feel its claims on your conscience, but you cannot keep it in your life. Not that you find fault with the law, on the contrary, it commands your profoundest esteem, still you are in nowise drawn by it to God; you are rather hardened in heart, and are verging towards desperation. Ah, poor heart! turn thine eye from Moses, with all his repelling splendor, and look to Jesus, resplendent with milder glories. Behold his flowing wounds and thorn-crowned head! He is the Son of God, and therein he is greater than Moses, but he is the Lord of love, and therein more tender than the lawgiver. He bore the wrath of God, and in his death revealed more of God’s justice than Sinai on a blaze, but that justice is now vindicated, and henceforth it is the guardian of believers in Jesus. Look, sinner, to the bleeding Savior, and as thou feel the attraction of his love, fly to his arms, and thou shalt be saved.”
As Paul said, he would not have known sin if not for the law. Do we have to be hardened in heart by our inability to keep the law, to do right, to choose the “narrow” way rather than the “broad path”?
And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. – Luke 13:23-24.12.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:12-14.
Most simply, the easy way in the beginning is really the hard way in the end. The easy way out, the shirking of duties and responsibilities, is the way of self loathing and excuses. If only human beings would admit when they have erred, or have run away, or find the right thing too difficult, the narrow gate to be too hard or unpleasant, they could move on and either accept themselves for who they really are, or strive to be better, but no. They must create the narrative that justifies self, and casts blame on circumstances, or others. Or, they could throw themselves on the mercy of our all loving savior. That’s the only real solution.