John’s ministry in the south-western corner of Asia thrived. The members of seven churches benefitted from his oversight and spiritual care. Little children, he called them.
But government authorities despised his influence. Transporting the preacher to a remote island only gave John a new field of labor. Rather than snuffing the candle’s glow, the flame spread—continues to spread.
Funny how God masterfully upends the enemy’s plans.
Now, after almost two centuries, a monastery still stands on Patmos, giving testimony to seeds of the Word being planted… growing and maturing… becoming fruitful.
In preaching, discipling, encouraging, recording future events as revealed to him during exile, John may have been unwanted by some. But God had not forgotten him. Faithfulness counts for much in His economy.
In the unveiling of spiritual truth once hidden, the most loved apostle was given the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The Voice of God announcing His plans for His people, future events no longer obscured, made visible for all—to all who are willing to hear, to see, to understand.
The Lamb becomes the Lion, the King of glory… orchestrating the final movements of history, of humanity… this One with all power, authority, justice, all the right to rule.
John’s pen copied in words the scenes depicted before him. Might we assume correctly, his longing increased with each glimpse of what would come? With each uncovering of the future foretold?
Golden lights, glowing silvery white lights, the light of the sun personified in the presence of the Christ—the crucified and risen Savior as never seen before… this Jesus, standing near John, commanding, thundering, revealing.
Overwhelmed by the grandeur, mortal flesh falls to the ground. But Jesus speaks comfort to His faithful friend.
He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. – Revelation 1:17-18
For thousands of years since the wicked one snuck in, robbing the Eternal Father of His offspring, God has loved us, wooed and drawn us, paid the price to forever redeem us. Pain, death, hell, fear—all temporal pieces of life as we know it, one dark refrain in God’s magnum opus.
This same God promises (and delivers) favor on those who long for more of Him.
To be continued…