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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.”


I am He who lives

I am He who lives” shows Jesus reviewing His life in His humanity. His humanity continues into eternity even as He speaks.

and was dead

Jesus died on the cross. His death on the cross gave Him authority over death. That is why He has the keys of Hades and Death.

Was dead” is literally “became dead.” Jesus died of His own volition. He did not merely die. He laid down His life by His own will (Matthew 27:50; John 19:30).

and behold, I am alive forevermore.

The phrase “I am alive forevermore” shows the resurrected Jesus proclaiming victory over death. He rose, never to die again. Jesus’ humanity sits at the right hand of the throne of God forever. He is, throughout eternity, the unique person of the universe. Death will never claim Him again.


This is the third “amen” of this chapter. The word means so be it. Jesus affirms His conviction about the importance of His resurrection.


Jesus paved the way for our eternal life and body immortality.


Death can no longer affect Jesus or the Christian. Once we become Christians, we have something beyond immortal; we possess eternal life. Eternal life begins at the moment we become Christians (Jn 5:24).

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.” O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?'” (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).