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. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

– Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

This revelation of Jesus shows that He is not in heaven playing a harp! Jesus is beyond time, for He is the first and the last. He is beyond death, for He holds the keys of death and Hades. This is what makes Jesus unique; He rules our world and the world beyond, and He wants to get us ready for a future so amazing and glorious that we too would be tempted to faint when we see Him. Yet those who know Jesus have nothing to fear, for this great King is also our friend.

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