, Muskogee, OK

March 13, 2013

Fort Faith: Jesus is the Key to Life

— By Barrett Vanlandingham

    A few days ago, I had one of those days where nothing seemed to go my way.  I had a long list of things I needed to get done, but somehow other things kept getting in the way.  

    At one point I accidentally locked the key to church’s storage building inside it because I had put my key chain in a “safe place” while I was rummaging around and I didn’t want to lose my keys.  I guess I should have left them in my pocket.  

    I wouldn’t have been in the storage building in the first place, but I needed an extension cord for a charger to revive the battery in the church bus.  It had gone dead because the bus’s wheelchair lift slipped out and caused a warning light to stay on for days, which drained the battery the day before I had to leave on a weekend trip with my youth group!  Yes, that was a run-on sentence.  But that’s kind of how my day went, on and on and on.  We’ve all been there.

    As I stood there outside the door unable to get in the building and unable to drive my car, it became clear to me again just how important it is to have the right key.

    Life can be challenging enough without those unexpected hurdles, locked doors, worries, and uncertainties.  In a conversation between Jesus and the man who would go down in history as “doubting Thomas”, Jesus offers reassurance.

    5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:5-6)

    Jesus is the Key to our salvation. In the book of Revelation, John wrote the words of Jesus, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

    Keys are symbolic of power and authority.  Jesus had the ability to defeat death because He is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is our key, and if we hold on to Him, we will defeat death and experience life everlasting.

    As I closed the door to the storage building, I quickly realized I had made the mistake of turning loose of my keys, and the mistake of putting a separation (a locked door) between me and something I desperately needed.  This was an inconvenient lesson to learn, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

    I pray that today finds you holding on to Jesus, the Key who opens the door to joy in this life and the life to come (ref: 2 Peter 1:5-11 and 1 Timothy 4:8).  Have a blessed week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or