It’s an important moment in any home the first time a parent hands over the car keys to their teen driver. Responsibility. Freedom. Power. Control. Those are a few of the themes running through the minds of those involved. Handing over keys is never done lightly, and always comes with guidance and directions: Be careful. Stop if you’re tired. Return it with a full tank. Don’t do anything stupid. Make us proud.
In John 20 Jesus handed the keys over to the disciples. The keys are not for a family mini-van, but for his KINGDOM! The keys unlock what Jesus just died to open. The keys unlock people from sin. What FREEDOM! What RESPONSIBILITY! Jesus is entrusting US with HIS Kingdom!
Some instructions are helpful: Be generous. Always use these keys from a position of Love. Be ready to announce Good News. Be gracious. Use the keys like the King would use them: Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
For more on the Office of the Keys check out Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.