OPENING THE DOOR OF ETERNAL LIFE
Charles D. Kelley
Have you ever thought about keys and how they play an essential role in life?
They have been used for many centuries and are universally common. When keys lock doors, they provide security. When keys open doors, they make access possible. When inserted into ignitions, car or truck engines can fire up. “Key” also refers to what and who are foundationally important – e.g., key decision, key to the plan, key position, key man, key to a riddle or key to success. Jesus told Peter that He will give him the keys of the Kingdom. Virtually all classic portraits of Peter include depictions of large keys. In Revelation 1, Jesus announces that he holds the keys of Death and Hades.
What power and authority!
In the first 11 verses of 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul lists some of the earliest resurrection appearances of Jesus. He stresses the importance of the resurrection of Christ and its relevance to the core of Christianity. The resurrection is essential to the Gospel, forgiveness of sin, salvation, restoration and everlasting life.
The late Billy Graham summed this idea with great clarity, “The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.”