17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,[h] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 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 is overwhelmed by the glory of Jesus and His only response is to fall down as dead. Let us remember that John walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry and even referred to himself in the gospel he wrote as the disciple Jesus loved. John walked in deep intimacy with the Lord and this is evident from the gospel he wrote and the letters he wrote. John knew Jesus well, but when John saw Jesus in all His glory the only way he was able to respond was to fall down as dead.
Jesus response to John is to tell him to not be afraid. This reminds me of Joshua when he stood before the angel of the Lord. Joshua had an incredible task before him of leading the nation of Israel into the promised land. Any person would naturally experience fear, but the angel of the Lord declared unto Joshua on several occasions to not be afraid. Many times what the world fails to understand is the glory and the power of the risen Lord. He has been given all authority by the Father. When Jesus returns He shall return in all His glory.
Jesus is the first and the last and He is the one who alone has overcome the grave. No matter what we face upon this earth we have nothing to fear. Jesus has overcome the grave and He told us in this world we will have trouble but to fear not, He has overcome the world. Though things at times might seem overwhelming when we view things through our natural eyes, we must view all things through our spiritual eyes.
Jesus holds the keys of death and hades. Keys represent authority because it is with keys that doors are locked and unlocked. Jesus holds all authority in His hands. We need to take time each day to get alone with the Lord in the place of prayer and the study of God’s word. There is something supernatural that takes place as we get alone with the Lord in His presence. He desires to strengthen us and minister to our hearts.
Let us press on each day and keep our eyes focused and fixed upon Jesus. We are victorious because of who Jesus is and what He has done. No matter how we feel and what emotions we may be experiencing, we are victorious. The key to walking in victory and freedom is simply through developing deep intimacy and fellowship with Jesus Christ. He is alive forevermore and sits at the right hand of the Father. He is returning soon for His bride who is prepares on a daily basis. He is setting us apart and refining us for His return. Pray to have eyes to see and ears to hear. Great things are ahead.