The Key

I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one will shut, what he shuts, no one will open. (Isaiah 22:22)

The Scriptures make it clear how much we need a key, The Key, to open doors for us. On our own we are trapped in our darkness and out of God’s family home. 

When we think of our entrapment in sin, the words of the prophet Isaiah 61 ring true—our broken hearts need to be mended, our minds need to be freed from those things that enslave us, and our bodies need to be released from the darkness in which we live. Although children may not experience brokenness, enslavement, and darkness in the same way we adults do, they know that they are not always who they want to be. They struggle with the sense that they cannot change themselves. Old or young, we all live in prisons.

The interesting thing about living in a prison is that a key is needed to open the door, but the physical key isn’t enough. Someone from the outside has to stick the key in the lock and turn it! We cannot free ourselves. Jesus is the Key himself, the promised door-opener, who busts open our prison cells and yanks us out. And he does this by being thrown into a prison himself and facing the ultimate darkness for us.

And that is not all. As the Key of David, Jesus also opens a different door. As we flee our barred cells, with the old door smashed and hanging on one hinge, we run to the gleaming open door of God’s mansion, his kingdom. This new dwelling place is better than anything we can imagine, a place where we can rest and play and dance and eat and celebrate as children living in a spectacular new home.

Share the image below and choose a few SPARKS to get your conversation started: 

  • Have you ever seen a beautiful house that you wished you lived in? What did you like about it?

  • If the doors in the image are locked, how can they be opened? Are they unlocked from the outside or the inside?

  • What do you think it might mean that Jesus is called the Key of David? Discuss how Jesus’ coming as the Key frees us from our own prisons and opens the door for us to come into his mansion and kingdom.


The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captive and release from darkness for the prisoners. (Isaiah 61:1)

O come, Thou Key of David, come

And open wide our heavenly home

Make safe the way that leads on high

And close the path to misery

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

“Oh Come oh Come Emmanuel”