He Has The Keys

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

He Has The Keys

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved . . .”
-John 10:9-

Reaching deep into my pants pocket to retrieve my house key, I felt a whole lot of nothing. “Oh no! Where is my key? What did I do with my key?” Anxiety and worry immediately rose up inside me, as I frantically searched my pockets over and over again. (Why do we do that? Why do we search the same place over and over again? I mean if the keys weren’t there the first time, they won’t be there two minutes later. I guess we hope that some way, some how, they’ll magically reappear.) Anyway, for the life of me, I could not find my key anywhere. “This is not good! I really need my key!”

It didn’t take long for me to realize how much I took for granted this small metal devise; this inch and a half, notched instrument that I always kept in my front, right pocket (until now). I quickly became aware of just how vital my key was to me. I became cognizant of how important it was to have the right key for the right door. I had my car key on me, but it would only open the door to my car, not my house. Until I found—not just any key, but the right key, I would not be able to enter my house, I would remain locked out. My only answer was to call a locksmith to come and unlock my door for me. He would be the one to save the day. But, before he would come, I first had to be willing to call him.

The same is true in the spiritual sense. We need to have the right key, in order to enter into heaven. Without it, we’re locked out. Here’s the BAD NEWS: I don’t have that key and neither do you. Here’s the GOOD NEWS: I know the Locksmith who does.

Soon we are going to be celebrating Easter Sunday, the day that Jesus Christ resurrected from the grave. He died on Friday, as He tasted the full bitterness of death. However, death was not able to hold Him. On the third day, the stone was rolled away and His grave was found to be empty, “He is not here, for He has risen” (Matthew 28:6). By His resurrection, He conquered the enemy of death and He opened the door to life. That is why He is able to say to you and me, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. AND I HAVE THE KEYS of Hades and of Death” (Revelation 1:18).

Remember, Jesus was dead, but today He lives. He wouldn’t be holding the keys to death and life, had it not been for His own death and resurrection. Because He conquered death, death has no hold over us. Jesus is the Locksmith and has come to save the day.

“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”
-Romans 10:13-

Blessings

Chaplain Steve

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