The ancient Egyptian pharaohs were very interested in life after death. They spent their lives working for the key of life (ankh). They believed it would give them entrance into the dwelling place of the blessed. Our visit to the ancient monuments in Egypt was most enlightening. A guide led us to the west side of the Nile, and down through long passages to underground tombs hewn out of rock. He pointed to engravings, sculpture work and numerous columns of huge statues. There were pictures of the pharaohs’ exploits and achievements, and those of various gods performing their rituals. Every other remaining space on the wall was filled with hieroglyphics. The guide pointed to one symbol in particular. “This is the key of life,” he said. As I looked more closely, I recognized it time and time again in the writing, and also saw it held as a key in the hands of the pharaohs.
What a contrast! We saw the ruins of temples, fallen- down statues, plundered tombs. On every surface the signs of death and destruction were stamped with the key of life. The Egyptians believed that their deeds would be weighed in scales. If the good outweighed the evil then they would receive the key of life.
In hieroglyphics the key of life originated from the representation of a man with his arms outstretched. It looked like the cross of Jesus Christ, the cross on which our Savior died to give eternal life to mankind. After all these years, the great desire to obtain life after death remains in the heart of man.
Are you searching for the key of life? It is being offered to you today by the Lord Jesus Christ. If you confess your sins and accept Him in faith as your personal Savior, eternal life with all its glory and fullness will be yours. We can tell you more.
By Regina Pearson
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org