HIS HAND, THE KEYS
Rev. 1:17-18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
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 forever and ever! And I
keys of death and Hades.
"He laid His right hand upon me."
Marvelous patience that He does not set His foot
upon us, and tread us down as the mire of the streets!
I have lain at His feet as dead, and had He spurned
me as tainted with corruption, I could not have impugned
His justice. But there is nothing here about His foot!
That foot has been pierced for us, and it cannot be
that the foot which has been nailed to the cross for
His people should ever trample them in His wrath.
'And I hold the keys of death and Hades.'
Surely I shall never go to hell, for my Lord Jesus
turned the key against my entrance long ago.
The doors of hell were locked for me when He died on my
behalf. I saw Him lock the door, and, what is more, I saw
Him hang the key at His girdle, and there it is to this day.