August 24, 2011
we continue Alison's series "the labour of love"...
From: The Lord God and The Risen Christ
Subject: Being Church In The Last Days
Date: 1st century
To: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.
This ‘email’ from John is a actually a message from God himself, “the one who is, who was and is to come, the eternally alive one” (1:4,8); and from Jesus, the inheritor of creation, the first born from the dead & the ruler of kings on earth, (1:5). As the Alpha & Omega, (1:8), the first and last, (1:17), they guide all history, and are sovereign over its beginning & end. We’re being reminded that, though the authors of this letter may no longer be humanly visible, they are very much alive, present and in control!
For the moment, Christ makes himself known via messengers but he will, one day, be coming with the clouds, & every eye will see him, (1:7), even those who pierced him. The vision John saw of Christ was of a Daniel 7-ish Son of Man – a man with all God’s power, glory & authority, (1:13-15). He’s the resurrected one, he rules over life, carrying the keys of Death & Hades, (1:18).
If there’s a King’s Speech we need to hear, this is it!
In the next post we’ll check out what’s in the subject line of this email from the Lord God and the Risen Christ.