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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. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
the Apostle John's great vision he sees the resurrected Christ Jesus,
the Son of Man, who "has freed us from our sins by his blood" (1:5),
and will return again—"coming with the clouds" (1:7). The sight and
sound of the glorified Christ Jesus so overwhelmed John that he fell to
the ground as a dead man. But Jesus put his right hand on John saying,
"Don't be afraid."
Jesus is the beginning and the
end. He is the Living One and is alive forever. He has conquered death
and holds the keys to death. Jesus holds the keys that open the doors
from death to life for all humanity.
Response and Action:
is alive forever! He is the Living One who has conquered death. Every
thought I have of Jesus will be shaped and celebrated with the
amazing truth that he is alive today. He is coming again. He is the
beginning and the end. He holds the keys and he will deliver me from
O God, help me to walk
and live in the truth that Jesus is alive. Fill my heart with hope,
and give me peace and confidence as embrace this truth by faith. Give
me courage in the face of suffering and hope in the face of death, as I
trust in Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26a and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in an Everyday Life
by Eugene H. Peterson