Wednesday December 20
O Clavis David (O Key of David)
I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open. Isaiah 22:22
Jesus having ultimate and indisputable power is something which might make us uneasy. We are used to a world in which we have a say and are allowed and opinion and we seem to be being presented with a definite and non-negotiable picture of the Messiah.
In the Gospel of John Jesus tells his Disciples “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ (John 20:23). That also seems pretty final – Jesus passes on this ability to open and close to those who follow him.
However, if God is loving and only wants the best for people. If God’s people are those who long for their own restoration and that of all people, without barriers, perhaps the proposition becomes a little less frightening. When we listen to those who claim to have keys to the kingdom but claim that those keys are wrapped up in their own absolutes we should be cautious. Especially when those absolutes involve and vengeful and angry God. That is not the God of the Bible. God in the Bible longs for us, makes space for us and opens doors.
Lord, give me grace to see the doors which you hold open for me in my life. Help me to be able to hold open doors into your love, through my life. Amen.