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Scripture reading for December 9th: Revelation 1:1-20
John was imprisoned on Patmos for preaching the Gospel. Patmos was a rocky island in the Mediterranean Sea that served as a penal colony for Roman prisoners. John was probably in his 80’s or 90’s when he was sent there and maintained a strong personal devotional life and worship time. He serves as an example of a true disciple for every generation and was commanded to write this letter by Christ Himself.
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.” (Revelation 1:1-3) All who read and heed this letter’s truth will receive a blessing. This blessing is promised to all who by faith will receive it!
“Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the people of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen!” (Revelation 1:7) John was immersed in a vision of the coming of Jesus Christ and wrote urgently to the church concerning the need to be prepared. All the earth would see Jesus Christ but many would mourn because of Him because His return would bring judgment. Those who by faith had taken to heart the words of Jesus would be ready and joyfully meet Him!
“On the Lord’s day, I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:9-11) As John worshiped, he heard a voice speaking to him. He then looked and saw Jesus Christ in all His glory. John was so overcome that he fell down as a dead man. Jesus placed his hand on him and encouraged him not to fear, but to write about the past, present and future. This amazing ‘revelation’ of Jesus Christ is what John saw! We are blessed to read it for the time is near!