Scripture Reading: Revelation 1:17-20
“Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands are the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:19,20)
After John saw the vision of the glorious and majestic Son of Man, Jesus gave him the assignment to write what was revealed to him. The book of Revelation is the result of that assignment.
The seven churches mentioned in this passage and in the next two chapters were specific churches that existed at the time of the writing of Revelation. They were located in the Roman province of Asia Minor, which is the area of modern Turkey. These churches were experiencing fierce times of persecution under the Roman Emperor Domitian. They were also facing troubles within as we will see.
Numbers in Revelation have a symbolic meaning. In this case the number seven symbolizes wholeness, completeness. What we see in the seven churches in Revelation are things that are common within the church throughout the ages. In the vision, Christ appears in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands. Christ is present with His church. He will correct and protect His children and gives them the ultimate victory.
John, who was a crushed exile, becomes a victorious writer of Scripture after he had seen the vision of the Son of Man. Eugene Peterson wrote of John — “Saint John exiled is now Saint John empowered” (Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder). John was greatly impacted by the vision of Christ and we should be also. John was propelled into mission and so must we when we consider the vision of Christ’s transcendent glory and of His tender touch.
Lord Jesus, when I reflect upon Your transcendent glory and Your tender touch, I want to serve You faithfully. I want to be an instrument in telling others about Your glory and love. Fill me fresh with Your Spirit and use me in Your service.
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