Who Holds the Keys?

First we must ask ourselves,

What are keys?

Without quoting Webster, let's define it.

  • Keys open things, and close things
  • keys grant access to things and places, and prevent access to things and places
  • keys have significance in a group of objects
  • having the wrong key can prove disappointing

I have a lot of keys, some of which I have no idea what they are for anymore.  I have several locks without keys.  I have more passwords (keys) than I care to count.  I have forgotten more passwords (keys) than I remember.  Every day, all day we need keys.  We use a key to secure our home.  Then to start our car.  Then to check our bank balance.  Then to lock our car.  If we work at a desk we use a key to unlock our computer.  The yet another key to access our data.  Let's not forget to check our voicemail, which requires another key.  By now we are hungry, so we go to lunch and buy our food and pay with our debit card, which requires, you guessed it, another key.

Keys, keys, keys.  Where are my keys?  How can we function without our keys?  Not very well.  Some of us not at all.  We need our keys. We need the correct keys, not just any keys.  If we have the wrong keys, we are in trouble.  Of course I am speaking of temporal things, but what about eternal matters?

Who holds the keys to Heaven?

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
— (Revelation 1:18 KJV)

Imagine being on a boat out in the middle of the ocean and you are enjoying a day of fishing.  Good times right?  But imagine after a long day you are pulling in your last fish and you accidently drop your keys overboard.  Quickly your good day, becomes a nightmare.  You find yourself adrift in a vast expanse of ocean with no help in sight.

That is how many people live their lives.  They think they have the keys, but in reality they are living it up all the while they are adrift, without hope.  They have the wrong keys.  When they need them, they will fail to open that which they needed most.  Heaven.

While Jesus walked this Earth and ministered to the people, some doubted, no, many doubted.  

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
— (Matthew 7:22-23 KJV)

When I talk to people casually about eternal matters they often tell me what one needs to enter in to Heaven.  They claim to have the key to everlasting life.

  • just have faith
  • I believe in "a" God
  • just be good more than not
  • I say my prayers
  • I light my candles
  • I go to church (when I feel it)
  • I am a good person (compared to others)
  • God loves me so of course I will go to Heaven

The list can go on and on.  Everyone seems to have the key.  But do they have the right key?  Jesus said it plainly;

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
— (John 3:16-18 KJV)

That is the key

Put you trust, faith and hope in the finished work of Christ on the cross of calvary.  He is the only one who conquered death, rose from the dead, and lives.  All other Gods, prophets, and belief systems rely on the words of a dead man.  Christianity is unique in that Jesus is alive.  His Word, the bible, reveals many things including but not limited to;

  • creation
  • the fall of man
  • God's plan for redemption
  • the promise of a savior
  • the birth of the savior
  • the life, death, and resurrection of the savior
  • the ascension of the savior
  • God's plan for the future
  • and finally, it leaves us with one important choice

Who is Jesus to you and what can remove your sin?

Jesus said;

he that believeth not is condemned already

We were all born sinners.  We all need a savior.  There is only one worthy of saving us.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
— (Revelation 5:9 KJV)

Every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.  In other words,

> THE WORLD



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