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Topic: Key (02/14/13)

TITLE: The Answer
By Joan Hahn


Ah, the wonders of the English language with its multiplicity of meanings for various words. For instance, what is a key? To help define what a key is, maybe first we should look at what a key can do. The purpose of a key is to open a locked door. However, the kind of door we are talking about can alter what type of key is actually used. If that door is a tangible wooden or metal door, it will use a different kind of key than if that door is an intangible door, such as a door of opportunity.
Keys can be the main points of a conversation, clues to a mystery or the description of what the lines and objects on a map really mean. A key can answer a question when it comes in the form of information or instructions. However, the finding of the key answers the all so familiar question, “Have you seen my keys?” So this word, key, can be used in several appropriate ways. It can do many things, but we still haven’t fully defined what it is.
What is the answer? Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus is the Key to the heavenly Father. He is the key that opens every door. It could be physical doors, such as the healing of sicknesses and the provision of daily needs, but also to inanimate doors, such as a spiritual awakening and someone’s heart opening up to the truth.
Jesus also said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20) Does He knock because He has no key? No, He knocks because He is the key. Revelation 3:7-8 says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens: “I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
He could open the door and rush right in to our lives; after all He is the One who created us. He knocks first, giving us the chance to decide if we want that door to open so that He can come in, or we can choose to refuse Him admittance into the door to our hearts. When we say, “Enter”, He unlocks the door and the chains that have kept us bound to darkness and He brings us out into the light of His love.
We do, however, have the option to refuse Him entrance into our hearts. We need to realize though that Christ also has the keys to open the door to our eternity without Him. Notice in Revelation 1:18: “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.” Whether we allow Him into our hearts or if we refuse, He still holds the key to our future.
So the key is Christ. He is the key that opens the locked door to our heart and the key to everlasting life. What we choose to do with that key is up to ourselves. We have to choose to use it in its most effective way, or we allow it to lie to the side, never letting it do the very thing it was designed to do.

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C D Swanson 02/22/13
Beautiful devotional!
God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/13
I think you handled covering the topic in a few different ways in this interesting mini-sermon. I enjoyed your different definitions and your subtle sense of humor relaxes the reader, allowing her to let down her guards.

There have been several stories this week about Jesus being the key that we need so it's important to tell your story in a way that will stand out from the others.

You did a nice job of backing up your message with references from the Bible. Make sure you include the translation that you used. I think your words will touch many hearts and allow God to enter those hearts and seal the deal. You have a passion of using your words to reach out to others and it really shows in this piece. I think you did a well-written and compelling job. Keep writing!
PamFord Davis 02/28/13
Yes, oh yes, Jesus! I invite Jesus to enter every area of my life. From basic French class I remember, "Entre vous!" I suggest you break things up a bit with paragraphs...Thank you for this inspiring Bible study article.

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