Fear not, Jesus has opened the doors – Part 2
God demonstrated His sovereign authority to open and shut the doors of the kingdom in the life of Cyrus, a Persian King. About one and half centuries before Cyrus became a ruler, we read this about him, “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— To subdue nations before him And loose the armour of kings, To open before him the double doors So that the gates will not be shut: ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron” (Isaiah)
By His sovereign power, Jesus opened the gates of death for Lazarus to come back to life after four days of being pronounced dead. “When Jesus commanded Lazarus to rise from the dead, how did he obey that command? John 11:43 says, “He [Jesus] cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’” Jesus’ words are full of life and quicken the dead. The dead obey His commands. Thus, we read in the next verse, “The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips” (John 11:44). Jesus’ command is very powerful and the dead obeys Him.
Apart from having the key to the human heart, Jesus also has the key to the nations. He alone can open the door to the nations. No man can gain access to the nations unless God grants it. He said, “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession” (Psalms )
In 1 Corinthians 16:9, Paul declared these words, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” (I Corinthians)
Satan is always standing in our way from progressing in the work of the kingdom. Not even the King of glory was unchallenged by this mortal foe. Just think about this encounter between the King of glory and an unknown principality.
“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. “Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah” (Psalms)
The exact time and location of this conflict are unknown, but it reveals the nature of the opposition we are against and the unsurpassed power of our King to open stubborn doors.
As we progress in 2021, let us know this: Jesus has opened the door of life and blessings for us. In the same vein, He has shut the door of 2020 with its sad experiences.
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