Keys to Death and Hell
Scripture: Revelation 1:18
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
It is an awesome thought to picture someone holding keys that lock or unlock a door to eternal death and hell. We have seen movies where the President of the United States has a key that unlatched a box of nuclear proportions. All our President must do, according to some of these movies, is turn the key and the entire world is affected!
In this last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks of Himself… telling us that He holds the keys to death and hell. It is a “word picture” that teaches us that He has the power over the entry to these places. No one has had that power… Jesus paid a high price for these keys… His own death on the cross. Through Him we can have assurance for our eternal destiny.
Those who choose faith, believing in Jesus as God’s Son, following Him every day, have the door to hell locked. We no longer fear death or hell – our faith is in the One who holds the keys to those horrible places. Jesus has promised all His followers that He will keep those doors locked.
It is also true, sadly, that these doors will be opened for those who reject God’s gift of salvation through Jesus. Outside of Jesus, no man will go to the Father. We’ve been given Good News – let’s tell everyone: Jesus holds the keys!
Father, remind me today to take every opportunity you provide to share love and life with those I contact. In Jesus’ Name, amen.