Fear not, Jesus has opened the doors – Part 1
No doubt 2020 was a very sad year for all. It was a year that was marked by fear, anxiety, death and loss of businesses. It was a year when everything changed, including how to do business, how to travel and how we conduct church services. Now in 2021, we need not fear, nor live under the shadows of the past, because Jesus has opened the doors to a brighter future. He holds the keys to the future, and He has unlocked the doors of hope, joy and salvation for all to walk through.
In Isaiah 22:22-24, Eliakim was conferred with the key to the house of David, which symbolises authority, so that he would have the ability to restrain or admit people into the king’s presence. Then, in Revelation 3:7, Jesus declared, ““And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.” Jesus’s appropriation of this prophecy for Himself means that He is the fulfilment of the prophecy originally attributed to Eliakim in Isaiah 22:22-24. Eliakim was only a type of Christ pointing to the future, which Jesus is the fulfilment.
Jesus’ absolute authority over matters of the Kingdom is indirectly alluded to in Revelation 3:7. His authority to open and shut ancient doors is legendary. As a descendant of David, Christ has the authority to control entrance into the Kingdom and to determine destinies (Is. 22:22; cf. Matt. 16:19; John 14:6). In Revelation 1:18, Christ is pictured holding the keys to death and hell.
Jesus has forever opened the way to salvation for all. His declaration that He is the way and the door to God is a pointer to the awesome power He wields over life. As He declares, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
He has opened the door into God’s presence. He created the access into the presence of God, thus we can all come unimpeded into God’s presence. Ephesians 2:18 reads: “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father” (NKJV).
Jesus stands astride eternity, between the past and present and proclaims, “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” He says to us “Fear not” (Isaiah 41:10). He has opened the door to the Heavens, so that those who die now may have hope of going straight to Heaven to be with the Lord. “For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews
He demonstrated His ability to open doors, when He unlocked the prison doors for Peter to regain his freedom. Herod had killed James and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he then proceeded to arrest Peter and threw him into prison. But as the Church prayed constantly for Peter, God overturned Herod’s plans by releasing Peter from prison. The prison doors opened of its own accord as an Angel led Peter through the gates (Acts 12:10).
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