Jesus concludes the incredible Sermon on the Mount with a charge to enter through the narrow gate and to follow the narrow road. Prior to this commission, the listeners that day learned of a path that is difficult, challenging, counter-cultural, but one that ultimately leads to life, peace, and purpose. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies, to turn the other check, to walk the extra mile, to give joyfully, to pray simply, worship authentically, and treat others the way we would like to be treated. To our group of listeners hungry for revenge and justice from the brutal and oppressive Roman Empire, this is a challenging message. Jesus lays forth an alternative way with with a new identity. Followers of this new way are ones who follow the narrow path of the minority, who bear fruit, and who ultimately make Jesus’ words the foundation of their lives.