Revelation 1:17-18 (NKJV) And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
The Apostle John was very close to the Lord Jesus Christ. But when he saw the glorified Christ on the Isle of Patmos, he fell at His feet as dead. We sing that beautiful hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” but when we get into the presence of our Savior, we too will fall at His feet as dead. Jesus is the glorified Christ today. Now, if you say Jesus is a friend of yours, you must be implying that you are obeying Him. Because Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14 NKJV). If we could see the Lord Jesus Christ in all of His glory and His beauty, we would not be so casual in our interaction with Him, we would treat Him with great reverence and fear. But the marvelous thing is that Jesus says, “Fear not.” This is how the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in all His deity addresses humanity. And Jesus gives four reasons why we should not fear. Frist, Jesus says, “I am the first and the last.” This speaks of Jesus’ deity. The psalmist says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NKJV). The word everlasting means from the vanishing point in the past to the vanishing point in the future the Lord Jesus Christ is God, the Second Person of the Trinity. Second, Jesus says, “I am He who lives, and was dead.” This speaks of Jesus’ redemptive death and resurrection. Our sins condemned us to death, but the Lord Jesus Christ took our place upon the Cross on Calvary and paid the debt we could not pay. Jesus paid it all, all to Him we owe. And thus, Paul says, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34 NKJV). We all are great sinners, but Christ died for me and for you. And He is risen from the dead. God the Father raised the Lord Jesus Christ His Son from the dead for our justification to show that He is satisfied with His Son Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for the payment of our sins. We are forgiven and we are going to heaven someday because of what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross. And now He is even at the right hand of God making intercession for us. How wonderful that is, Jesus prays for me and for you. Third, Jesus says, “and behold, I am alive forevermore.” This refers to Jesus’ present state. Jesus is not dead. He is alive. And He is not only judging, but He is also making intercession for us. Fourth, Jesus says, “And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” The Lord Jesus Christ has power over death and the grave, because of His own death and resurrection. ““O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NKJV). My friend, we can take comfort in the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ has the keys of death. Jesus is the One who can relieve us of the terrible fear of death, because He has paid the penalty of our sins in full. God has reconciled us to Himself through the shed blood of His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.