He is alive and in control

“’I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!  And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’”  Revelation 1:18.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 52, Revelation 1, and Psalm 143-144.

What a sight John saw!

There is so much in this one verse.  Much to confirm our history of Jesus.  Much to confirm the Day of Judgment.

Jesus died and is back to life forever.  How important His death was for all of us!  Why?  In His death Jesus took our sins, past/present/future, with Him and put an end to them forever.  We do not carry the sin burden any longer.  We do not fear sin’s final consequence any longer.  Jesus took care of it!  Hallelujah.

What a future we look forward to.  To be part of this optimism all we need do is believe that Jesus took care of our sin problem and act accordingly.  He did the heavy lifting regarding our sins.  We now do the heavy lifting in living as He wants us to live.  He’s alive and has promised to return to us.  What a day that will be.

But there is a concern in this verse.  What is it?  The mention of Hades.  It is a real place and a place where people can end up in their after-life.  God will not be finding a heavenly place for everyone.  He has the keys to the other place with intent to open the way for people to enter.  It is a place apart from God and those who enter Hades have chosen to live where God isn’t.  At the end, they will get their choice.  I don’t think that people will be dragged into Hades.  They’ll go willingly.   However, once there they will realize that what they deemed more important than God will disappoint them eternally.

Meanwhile, those of us with God will be having an eternal “rejoice-fest.”

“Lord, I pray that I am interpreting this Scripture right.  Forgive if I’m not.  You are alive and You are in control.  There is a future with You.  I am thankful that You have taken care of my sin problem.  You have ended sin’s consequence being involved on Judgment Day.  I am completely in the clear.  Praise be to You!  Thank You, Lord.”

Jesus is alive and Hades exists.  Redeem the time.

 

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