Have you ever thought about how important keys are?
When Jesus holds the keys the answer is; very important. Jesus holds keys which open and close doors only he can open or close.
Last week I needed to retrieve a book from the classroom at church where I lead a women’s Sunday school class. When I reached the room, the door was locked. I don’t possess a key to unlock it, so I had to seek out someone who did.
After I let the receptionist know I needed the door unlocked, she phoned the head custodian, Fausto. If you’ve been around a church very long, you understand how important the head custodian is. Our church would be in big trouble without Fausto.
Among the many things he does is hold the keys which unlock every door in the building. When I told Fausto my dilemma, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a very large set of keys on a ring. He looked through the keys until he found the right one.
“This is the one,” he said as he handed me the entire set of keys.
Now let me tell you, I didn’t expect to be given the keys. In fact, I was a little surprised when he handed them to me. I felt as if I’d been given a great trust. Those keys of Fausto’s are a symbol of his power and authority. And he just gave them to me.
Thinking about these keys led me to consider keys in the Bible. Upon Peter’s confession of who Jesus is, Jesus told Peter he would give him the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Those keys would open the way for many to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
While he was on the island of Patmos, the apostle John wrote of seeing Jesus and fainting as a dead man at Christ’s feet. Jesus told John not to be afraid. He explained he died, he’s alive, and his life is now forever.
Then the Son of Man opened his hand. He showed John the keys he held. Keys which gave Jesus the power and authority to open and lock Death’s doors and open and lock Hell’s gates.
As Christ followers, Jesus gives us the keys through his power and authority to tell others about him. Through those keys we can point others to the One who can open any door.
Fausto entrusted me with the keys to open doors within our church building. Jesus entrusts us with the keys of the Gospel message to open doors within the Church.
So my friends, what are we doing with the keys we’ve been given? Are we using them to open doors which advance the Kingdom of God here on earth until Christ returns to open and lock doors only he can open and close?
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I saw this and fainted dead at his feet. His right hand pulled me upright, his voice reassured me: “Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever. See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates. Now write down everything you see: things that are, things about to be.” Revelation 1:17-20 (MSG)
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