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[ DATE : 2014-10-23 ]
   A Vision of Jesus   Revelation 1:9-20
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I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
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On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
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which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."
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I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
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and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
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His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
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His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
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In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
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When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
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I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
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"Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
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The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV ®. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
I Heard (1:9–11)
You will notice that throughout Revelation, almost every section begins with either “I heard” or “I saw.” In this section, John hears a command to write what he sees and send it to seven churches. These seven cities lay along a route that circuit riders routinely traveled to deliver messages. Why seven? Seven is the number of completeness. The message of Revelation is therefore intended for every single church in every age. There are seven different letters that encourage and rebuke each church differently, but the message each letter contains is still relevant for every Christian in every place and time.

Open your mind and heart to hear what Jesus has to say to you personally through the book of Revelation. It may be encouragement, rebuke, or a little of both.

I Saw (1:12–20)
John turns toward the voice that is speaking to him, and what he sees is so overwhelming that he falls down at Jesus’ feet as though he were dead. The difference between what John hears and what he sees is so drastic. Are you surprised? Haven’t you seen this played out many times in your own life? You have heard the Gospel and you know it well, but it doesn’t seem to have the power it once had in your life. You have experienced too much pain, disappoint, guilt, and shame to feel the power of the proclaimed Word. But then you have a powerful and personal encounter with Christ and the glory of God, and you are overwhelmed! You are reminded that Jesus is truly alive and seated on the throne.

This is what God wants to give you through the book of Revelation: a vision of His glory that is so awesome that you will be empowered to persevere through tribulation.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I fall at Your feet because You are a great God who is also good. I lift my eyes in joy to behold Your face. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.