May 27th, 2007
It’s a fair thing, before signing up to become a follower of Jesus, to ask what the long-term consequences are going to look like. For most people the first flush of the relationship is all about a depth of love that they have never experienced before and an amazing new type of freedom, and an astounding type of forgiveness that takes away guilt and fear. It’s about discovering for the first time that you’re a member of the royal family, and the heir to untold privileges and wealth. But if that’s all that you can see, you need to look a bit harder, because it’s also about signing up for a life of service. Once you’re a follower of Jesus, life is no longer about you…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 1
1:1 This is a Revelation about Jesus Christ, which God gave to show his servants the things which will happen soon, which he made known by by sending it with his angel to his servant, John, 1:2 who is now describing God’s message, and what Jesus Christ said, and everything that he saw.
1:3 Blessed are the people who read and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and obey the things that are written in it, because the time is near.
1:4 From John, to the seven churches in Asia. Grace to you and peace, from God, who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits before his throne, 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us, and released us from our sins by his blood, 1:6 and made us into a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father. To him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
1:7 See, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who stabbed him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Yes, Amen. 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “Who is and was and will come, the Almighty.”
1:9 I John, your brother and companion in adversity, and the Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was exiled on the island of Patmos because of preaching God’s Word and talking about Jesus Christ. 1:10 The Spirit came upon me on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet, 1:11 saying, “Write on a scroll the things that you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
1:12 I turned to see the voice that spoke to me, and as I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. 1:13 Near the lampstands was someone who seemed to be the son of man, wearing a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest. 1:14 His head and hair were as white as wool, white like snow. His eyes were like flaming fire. 1:15 His feet were like polished brass, refined in a furnace. His voice was like the thunder of a waterfall. 1:16 He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.
1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He put his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, 1:18 and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forevermore. I have the keys of death and Hades. 1:19 Write down the things which you have seen, the things which currently exist, and the things which will happen in the future. 1:20 The meaning of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands is this: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”
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