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The keys of death and Hell!

Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 1-3

The opening words “The revelation of Jesus Christ” give us an immediate understanding that this last book is all about Jesus Christ!  It was written by one of the twelve disciples, John the beloved, while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos. (Revelation 1:9)  He was worshiping the Lord on a Sunday when he heard a voice speaking to him.  Upon looking, he saw Jesus and heard Him speak to him a message that was to be written down for the churches that John served.

Jesus appeared in such glory and power that John fell down as a dead man.  (Revelation 1:17)  We who are pentecostal might say that John was slain in the Spirit!  Jesus touched John and spoke again. “Then He placed His right hand on me and said:  “do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  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.” (Revelation 1:17b-18)

John was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel.  He and many others were suffering for their faith in Jesus.   All the other disciples who walked with Jesus as John did had already been martyred.  During this special worship time, Jesus came in visible form and then spoke words of faith and encouragement to this apostle.

Jesus is the keeper of the keys of death and Hades!  Satan was not in control and neither was Rome!  Human authorities and governments have no power except that granted by our Lord for His purposes.  Even though death looks permanent to us, Jesus conquered death and Hades and rose from the dead.  He took the keys from Satan and holds the key for our deliverance from there as well!  By faith in Jesus Christ, we are freed from our sins and their power to hold us in Satan’s abode.  Jesus was dead and  but is now alive as the first fruits of them that will live forever!  What encouragement this truth gives to us!

Christians rejoice in this truth!  Death has no power over us and the grave is not to be feared!  Faith is the victory and we can rest assured without fear of what is to come!  We know the one who is alive forever and has the keys!

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The Keeper of the Keys!

Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 1-3

The opening words “The revelation of Jesus Christ” give us an immediate understanding that this last book is all about Jesus Christ!  It was written by one of the twelve disciples, John the beloved, while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos. (Revelation 1:9)  He was worshiping the Lord on a Sunday when he heard a voice speaking to him.  Upon looking, he saw Jesus! Jesus gave him a message that was to be written down for the churches that John served.

John describes the vision of Jesus in this first chapter of Revelation.  Jesus appeared in such glory and power that John fell down as a dead man.  (Revelation 1:17)  We who are pentecostal might say that John was slain in the Spirit!  Jesus touched John and spoke again. “Then He placed His right hand on me and said:  “do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  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.” (Revelation 1:17b-18)

John was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel.  He and probably many others were suffering for their faith in Jesus.  Some had already died, quite probably all the other disciples who walked with Jesus as John did.  During this special worship time, Jesus came in visible form and then spoke words of faith and encouragement to him.

Jesus is the keeper of the keys of death and Hades!  Satan was not in control and neither was Rome!  Human authorities and governments have no power except that granted by our Lord for His purposes.  Even though death looks permanent to us, Jesus conquered death and Hades and rose from the dead.  He took the keys from Satan and holds the keys of our deliverance as well!  By faith in Jesus Christ, we are freed from our sins and their power to hold us in Satan’s abode.  Jesus was dead and now lives forever as the first fruits of them that will live forever!  What encouragement this truth gives to us!

Christians rejoice in this truth!  Death has no power over us and the grave is not to be feared!  Faith is the victory and we can rest assured  of what is to come!  We know the One who is alive forever and has the keys!

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Jesus Has the Keys!

Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 1-3

Revelation is a prophetic record written down by the Apostle John while in exile on the Isle of Patmos, a Roman prison colony on a rocky island in the Aegean Sea.  John had been imprisoned there for preaching the Gospel. He was very likely around 90 years of age at that time.  This book is a written record of visions John received that were to be given to the churches he oversaw.  They are also recorded for us to give us hope and encouragement about our victory in Christ over death, hell, and the forces of Satan and his earthly minions.

First of all, this book is a revelation of Jesus Christ!  John was worshiping on the Lord’s day evidently meditating on the second coming of  Christ.  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.  So shall it be! Amen.  ” I am the Alpha and the Omega,”  says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”  (Revelation 1:7-8) As John recited these truths about Jesus in worship, a voice from behind him spoke.  This voice told him to write on a scroll what he would see and send in to the seven churches mentioned there by name.

John turned to see who the voice was and he saw seven golden lamp stands and standing among them was one who was like “a son of man.”  (Revelation 1:12-13)  John described this person who was clothed in glory, holding seven stars in His right hand,  and whose face shone like the sun shining in all it’s brilliance.  As he saw Him, he fell down as dead.  We would describe this as “slain in the Spirit”, simply overcome with the glory and majesty of God!

“Then He placed His right hand on me and said:  “Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  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.” (Revelation 1:17-18)  Jesus Christ is alive and  He also holds the keys of death and Hades.  The victory is won!  He holds the angels (pastors?) of the churches in His hand and walks among these churches!  He wants them to know these truths!

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The Keeper of the Keys!

Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 1-3

Today we come to the last book of the Bible on our journey through Scripture.  Our goal has been to encounter Jesus in each book or letter and gain an understanding of Him that equips us to live out our faith in an authentic manner.  The opening words “The revelation of Jesus Christ” give us an immediate understanding that this last book is all about Jesus Christ!  It was written by one of the twelve disciples, John the beloved, while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos. (Revelation 1:9)  He was worshiping the Lord on a Sunday when he heard a voice speaking to him.  Upon looking, he saw Jesus and heard Him speak to him a message that was to be written down for the churches that John served.

John describes the vision of Jesus in this first chapter of Revelation.  Jesus appeared in such glory and power that John fell down as a dead man.  (Revelation 1:17)  We who are pentecostal might say that John was slain in the Spirit!  Jesus touched John and spoke again. “Then He placed His right hand on me and said:  “do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  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.” (Revelation 1:17b-18)

John was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel.  He and probably many others were suffering for their faith in Jesus.  Some had already died, quite probably all the other disciples who walked with Jesus as John did.  During this special worship time, Jesus came in visible form and then spoke words of faith and encouragement to this special apostle.

Jesus is the keeper of the keys of death and Hades!  Satan was not in control and neither was Rome!  Human authorities and governments have no power except that granted by our Lord for His purposes.  Even though death looks permanent to us, Jesus conquered death and Hades and rose from the dead.  He took the keys from Satan and holds the key for our deliverance from there as well!  By faith in Jesus Christ, we are freed from our sins and their power to hold us in Satan’s abode.  Jesus was dead and now lives forever as the first fruits of them that will live forever!  What encouragement this truth gives to us!

Christians rejoice in this truth!  Death has no power over us and the grave is not to be feared!  Faith is the victory and we can rest assured without fear of what is to come!  We know the one who is alive forever and has the keys!

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