O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;qui aperis, et nemo claudit;claudis, et nemo aperit:veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
English:O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;you open and no one can shut;you shut and no one can open:Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Today shows us his authority. Keys are used to open and shut doors. This gives us a greater understanding that the Messiah, will be more then simply someone to eradicate temporal ills, but also allows us into heaven
One item that has always been maintained by Holy Mother church, is a ressurection of the Body, but more importantly, a last judgement. For us to truly understand the so called “End Times” we need to not think of things so linear, but in a mystical sense. What if I told you the end of the world has already happened, and it will happen , and its happening now?
Granted there are some real nut jobs who have stood on a box in the street and screamed that the end was near. They were only partially correct. Just like this also, the Advent isn’t something that is static in time that we simply recall, but it is something that exists for us in real time.
This is , with great respect to my protestant brethren , where we differ as Catholic/Orthodox vs traditions that broke away. This is no more prevalent then in the Eucharist, which we celebrate with a very Jewish Attitude. The Eucharist, just like the Passover meal.. is a reliving of an event. When either are celebrated we are back at that moment.
Likewise, advent is that way. Consider yourself waiting, 4000 years for the Christ. This is what we get when we recall these psalms, readings, etc. More then a recollection, but a reliving of things
The Key of David does more then show authority, it shows authority in action – Christ opens the gates of Heaven for us, those who try to follow. But he didn’t stop there. When that earthquake happened, he ripped from death the control over those who paved the way for him, the righteous. How much more wonderful is it when he rips from the clutches of Sin and death… those who are unworthy, which he does. Christ alone has authority to do this.
So again, we have more then just a “Messiah Ben Da’vid” as the Jews, and Messianics might profess. Neither of those manifestations could truly help us… or allow us entry in. Only He Can. He holds the key, and authority to break all of us from prison.