The Book of Revelation: Chapter 1
A few weeks ago, we finished the book of Amos and now we are going to be starting on the book of Revelation! I’m looking forward to going through this book. Let’s go through some background information on the book. The book of Revelation was written by John the Apostle, the son of Zebedee, also known as one of the “Sons of Thunder” (which is an awesome nickname). Revelation was written during a time of intense persecution during the latter part of the reign of Nero. Most believe it was written around 95 AD. During the time of writing John had been exiled out of Rome to the prison island of Patmos due to him being a Christian missionary. The main reason that Revelation was written is to encourage believers to stand against the emperor worship which was required in Rome. One thing that we need to know going into Revelation is that it is what is known as apocalyptic literature, meaning that it is highly symbolic and is written to be understood by the Christians at the time, almost like a code. A vision was given to John by Jesus Christ, which is revealed to us in the book of Revelation. Alright, let’s get to the Scripture!
There is an incredible amount to unpack in this first chapter but let’s focus on the lampstands in verse 12 as they remind us what our purpose as The Church is. If you’ve ever seen a lampstand the light doesn’t come from the lampstand itself, but rather from the lamp that is on it. We are meant to function in the same way! Our light comes not from ourselves but from Jesus! Our purpose as The Church is not to share our own light and show how amazing we are or our local church is, but to share the light, life, and love of Jesus! As you go about this week look for opportunities to let the light of Jesus shine through your life and light up those around you with the love of Jesus.
Pastor Alex Gebert
Crossroads Wesleyan Church