christ is a metaphor for those who have fought the good fight and lived with ethical principles, had to pay the price with their lives even. all the people in the past and pesent fighting the good fight for the right reasons and their sacrifice. they may not be the ones who enjoy the fruits of that outcome just as the ones today but future generations may benefit. the ones who fought against slavery, any race/creed, the ones who fought against injustice, the ones who fought for freedom, the soldiers who sacrifice their lives for our safety, the ones who dared said the truth the earth is not the center of the solar system and were burned at the stake etc. it's impossible to list them all because some you will never know about, from the small to the large, and some famous/notable. these same struggles are happening today. different time but same struggle. that struggle to improve and enlighten. this is in all areas of life/experience. of course, because this is no fairy tale, there are those fighting against what is right, and they can also prevail. but overall, that's what jesus christ is iconic for, even against the odds to not sell out your principles or what you know to be right, whether it makes you unpopular or oppressed. that whole 'wide is the road that leads to destruction' is also a metaphor of how often evil is so overwhelming, that the struggle/fight is hard and realistically some will or cannot make it. it's about being aware and honoring that. as people are inspired and whatever values they agree wtih, that baton gets passed on. life is hard and people have their particular areas of struggle but you can remember there were and are people who are also struggling and fighting the good fight too, who have gone through the same/similar and whether you ever will know them or not or whether they are passed on to history, which is not the point anyways. it may all be a dead-end road at the end as everything dies but just the same, it's about living with truth and integrity just the same, even if others don't. the problem with the religion as with anything, of course, is you will always have dishonest people represent it or use it for twisted, selfish or ignorant purposes. so it has to be re-examined and those who represent it and why.