Matthew 7:13 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
In the passage there are two gates, two ways, two groups, and two destinations. The narrow way is diametrically opposite of the broad way. The narrow way is not popular, the broad way is. The narrow way is not painless, easy, or convenient. The broad way is.
The course of the broad way is according to this world and the god of this world: Satan. It is popular and familiar because everyone starts out through the wide gate.
The crowd of the broad way is composed of both false prophets and professors. The false prophets disguise themselves in order to fool any sheep who may have wandered off course. And they are very dangerous, for they are “ravening wolves.” The professors are just that – those that profess something but don’t really believe it. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16). Both may have leaves, but they do not have any fruit for God. Their entire lives are a deception. They are liars, and their lives are a lie.
The culmination of the broad way is destruction (vs. 13) and everlasting separation from the presence of God in the lake of fire (vs. 23). No doubt there is temporary excitement from sin, much like you might experience if you jumped off a cliff, but eventually you must face the culmination of your decision. Sin is exciting, evasive, and enticing. But it is also expensive, exhausting, and enslaving. The end result of sin is still death!
The crossroads of the broad way is the cross of Jesus Christ. The gate is strait and the way narrow, but it “leadeth unto life.” The invitation is for all to “Enter.”