13 November 2018

Revelation 2
Psalm 122

Revelation 2. Revelation 1:5-8 reminded us that our Lord is on His throne:

‘and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”’

Chapter 2 and 3 of Revelation raises a question for us. How, in light of this knowledge, are we, His Church supposed to live?

These chapters contain Christ’s letters to His seven churches. Each of these letters contains both encouragements and/or rebukes, and warnings. In light of what we see in Revelation 1, the fearsome picture of our often “meek and mild” Jesus, means we should not take the contents of these letters lightly, even as His church today. We need to solemnly assess ourselves rightly. Are we doing what Jesus is commending in each of these letters? Are we failing in certain areas like these churches, and are we ignoring the serious consequences for our disobedience? However, it is also such an encouragement to see in these letters, Christ graciously giving us solutions to our failures and the beautiful promises for those who prove faithful.

As we read chapter 2, may we be challenged to not lose our first love, but remember Him, what He has done for us, and do what He calls us to. May we not tolerate false teaching or be guilty of lack of discernment, but hold fast to Him, His teaching and works till the end. So that at the end we will have the promises of eating from the tree of life in paradise, a crown of life and spared from judgement.