Ever heard of the promotions where a brand-new car will be given away free? Thousands of keys are given out, but only one key is the right one that fits the lock of the car. The person holding it will be the only one to win a free car. There is another kind of key to freedom over sin and death called the cross. While many all over the world have keys to practically everything, few have the correct key needed unlock victory, joy, and satisfaction for all eternity.
The Cross is the Key
“The Cross” is a term used to represent the place where Jesus Christ gave up His human life to save us from sin and bondage to the devil. If there could have possibly been another ‘key’ that could have saved us and set us free, then Jesus would not have had to hang on the Cross and die in our place. God the Father is all-knowing. He would not have overlooked any possibility of another way to set man free.
There is No Other Way But Through the Cross
Even Jesus Himself asked His Heavenly Father, when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, if there could possibly be some other way besides going to the Cross and taking the sins of all mankind upon Himself to set men free. The Heavenly Father replied, “There is no other way. You will have to personally go through with death on the Cross to set man free.”
Surely, in His immense love for His beloved only Son born of a human woman, God the Father would have found another way to spare Him, if any existed. But it had been decided before man was ever created that this would have to be the way to set man free, after he believed the lie of the devil and turned from God to follow sin.
We try many ways to get free from situations that enslave us, but none of the ways we try have the right key, our key to freedom. We can try every way under the sun, and maybe get relief for a little while, but nothing will ultimately work except the right key—the Cross.
The Heavenly Father made this opportunity the key to freedom from sin available to everyone. It is not just for ‘good’ people, or the rich, or for a certain special group. It is not just for the people of a certain century, and then the offer expired.
Our Key to Freedom from Sin is Available to All Who Will Believe
Yet even though this is key is available for everyone, not everyone is willing or able to receive it. We are to come to the realization that we are not worthy of His sacrifice and admit that we have sinned with the willingness to repent of our sin. Then we need to believe in faith that Jesus’ death on the cross was done on our behalf and accept His death as our own.
God has handed out billions of keys, and in this ‘promotion’, they all fit! They all fit because they are the same key being turned in the same lock. The Cross is the ‘key’ that fits the ‘lock’ to free us from bondage. It is the only key that will work. And the good news is that we can all have one!