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reader and listener: I share these broadcasts with other speakers. However,
with this broadcast and the next 5 or 6 broadcasts that I will do, I will speak
on the Book of Revelation. In particular, I will spend a week on each of the
"words to the seven churches" found in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Last week I spoke on Revelation 2:1-7. Each of these broadcasts are a shortened
and adapted talk from a longer sermon that I have preached in the church that I
have the privilege of being the pastor. In Church of the Messiah, I hope to
preach through the whole Book of Revelation. That longer series is entitled
"Following the Lamb in the dying days of the dragon." Hopefully this
helps explain my curious title. Obviously, in the six weeks between my two
talks, the other speakers will speak on whatever the Lord is laying on their
hearts to address.
pray for me. In the book of Revelation there is a stern warning about those who
teach the Book - we are to be faithful expositors! There are also promises to
the reader of great blessing to all who read and heed this powerful part of
God's word written.
Book of Revelation is a book about Jesus: what He has done, what He is doing
and what He will do. It is on one hand a book about the future, but it is also
a book which is always contemporary. God desires us to listen and follow what
is written in Revelation.
you turn in your Bibles to the Bible text for today, this talk is being
broadcast on Dec 22, just a few days before Christmas, so please let me wish
you a very blessed and very merry Christmas. Always remember that Jesus is the
reason for the season.
turn in your Bibles to Revelation 2:8-11. This is the resurrected Jesus
speaking to the church in Smyrna - and also to every Christian in every church.
this powerful word to the church in Smyrna, Jesus poses four questions for the
rest of our lives.
an introvert. When I am having a hard time, I tend to withdraw and get quiet.
In my marriage, I had to learn to let my wife know why I was withdrawing and
church in Smyrna does not hear any rebuke from Jesus. It is one of only two churches
to be unrebuked. Five of the seven churches in the Book of revelation are
rebuked. The church in Smyrna is also going through a very hard time. Here is
the first question for the rest of your life.
1. Will suffering incline me towards God or away
from Him? Will suffering incline my church towards God or away from Him?
we suffer on purpose (we run a marathon). Sometimes our suffering is random (a
natural disaster). Sometimes suffering is a result of us sinning (we drink
alcohol heavily and destroy our liver). Sometimes we suffer because we come
under the judgment of God (a biblical idea that we tend to apply to others
rather than ourselves). We need to bring all of our suffering to God in prayer.
Sometimes we experience a different type of suffering, did you see it in the
has the first and last word about me? Who has the first and last word about my
Jesus has the first and last word
about me. I need to get inside of Him and His saving word to receive and live
in light of His first and last word. I need Him to get inside of me to receive
His first and last word.
does Jesus want me to respond? How does Jesus want my church to respond?
In the original language, the key
answer can be written two ways in English. "Be faithful" and/or
Faith involves saying yes to the
good news that Jesus has come to reconcile me to God by His finished work upon
the cross. I respond to the news of this mighty act of God by asking Jesus to
come to me, and have me, and live in me, as my Saviour and Lord. This is the
response that God desires us to take. It is His chosen response.
Blessed Jesus, I know You lived Your life and died
on the cross to reconcile me to God and make me His child. Please come into my
life to be my Saviour. I invite You into every part of my life as Lord, with
nothing held back. Please pour Your Holy Spirit into me to help me today and
forever. Thank You. Amen.