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. (Revelation 1:18 NIV84)

When Jesus the Messiah came the first time to earth He died holding onto the nails pierced through His hands. Now Jesus the King holds the keys to life and death in His hands. Keys are used to secure or control access to a place. A key either permits entry or denies entry. Knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior is the only key to our eternity.