Tag: Churches of Christ
Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 1-3
Revelation is a prophetic record written down by the Apostle John while in exile on the Isle of Patmos, a Roman prison colony on a rocky island in the Aegean Sea. John had been imprisoned there for preaching the Gospel. He was very likely around 90 years of age at that time. This book is a written record of visions John received that were to be given to the churches he oversaw. They are also recorded for us to give us hope and encouragement about our victory in Christ over death, hell, and the forces of Satan and his earthly minions.
First of all, this book is a revelation of Jesus Christ! John was worshiping on the Lord’s day evidently meditating on the second coming of Christ. “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the 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.” (Revelation 1:7-8) As John recited these truths about Jesus in worship, a voice from behind him spoke. This voice told him to write on a scroll what he would see and send in to the seven churches mentioned there by name.
John turned to see who the voice was and he saw seven golden lamp stands and standing among them was one who was like “a son of man.” (Revelation 1:12-13) John described this person who was clothed in glory, holding seven stars in His right hand, and whose face shone like the sun shining in all it’s brilliance. As he saw Him, he fell down as dead. We would describe this as “slain in the Spirit”, simply overcome with the glory and majesty of God!
“Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17-18) Jesus Christ is alive and He also holds the keys of death and Hades. The victory is won! He holds the angels (pastors?) of the churches in His hand and walks among these churches! He wants them to know these truths!