Revelation 1:17-18

And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 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. Revelation 1:17-18

John writes that he fell at the feet of the Lord as if he was dead. The majesty that John beheld was overwhelming. John saw Jesus in the fullness of His glory. When you behold the majesty of Jesus Christ you truly see how empty and worthless this world truly is.

Jesus simply places His right hand upon John and comforts John. Jesus understands who He is and when a mere human being comes to behold the glory of who He truly is it overwhelms every capacity you have.

Jesus says to John that He is the first and the last. All authority belongs unto Jesus and creation began with Him and all things will end with Him. He is the one who will pour out the wrath of God upon the earth.

Jesus is Him who lives who died and overcame the grave. As followers of Christ we have nothing to fear. We will be victorious in all that we face because Jesus has overcome. When we understand the fullness of who Christ is we will walk in the freedom and strength that Christ purchased for us.

The keys of hades and death were taken from the devil when Jesus rose from the grave. When Satan deceived Adam and Eve, he stole the authority Adam was given over creation and he know possessed authority over humanity because of the reality of death. But through Christ that authority was taken back because Jesus came in the flesh and died upon the cross without sin. What Satan truly believed was his greatest triumph, was actually his greatest defeat. Today we who are in Christ have been given authority by Jesus and He calls upon us to use that authority in the place of prayer. This again is why studying God's word is so important. We come to understand who we truly are in Christ.

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