He Who Holds The Keys

This originally appeared on http://www.whillschurch.org as the weekly devo.

It’s an unwritten rule in the English household that whoever holds the keys determines when we leave. It doesn’t seem to matter how much warning we give the entire house or how many “we are leaving right now!” screams that echo through the kitchen. When the keys jingle and the garage door opens, it sends panic and mayhem everywhere.

“WAIT!!! I can’t find my shoes!!!”

“I’m not ready!”

“We’re leaving right now!?”

Why this produces such shock and awe remains a mystery to me and the subject of another story. What’s important to note here is that whoever holds the keys, controls the situation. If the keys go out the door and starts the car, we are leaving. Can’t stop that train.

This isn’t the Marines. We leave people behind. Sometimes mercy is shown. It’s purely at the discretion of whoever holds the keys.

I was thinking about this as I read this passage this morning…

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” – Jesus, Revelation 1:18

Whenever the topic of eternity or life after death comes up, there is always that person that has a “I’ve seen the light” story. There is also that person that is looking for the nearest exit. Almost every body believes that there is something waiting for us after death…and almost everybody disagrees on exactly what that is.

This Sunday we are going to finish our We Believe series talking about this topic – eternity, heaven, and hell. Are they real places? If they are, what are they like? What does the Bible really say about life after death?

We’ll look at much of that this coming Sunday. Some of the questions we will find answers, others we will not. At the end of all the discussion, I find myself right back to this verse…Jesus holds the keys.

There has only been one person who has died and rose again to NEVER face death again. Jesus. He holds the keys. He controls it. So whatever we discover about eternity, heaven, and hell – it will come back to this foundational truth. For some people that fact will bring terror and shock. For others it will bring comfort and peace.

See ya’ Sunday as we unpack what we believe about eternity.


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