When soldiers are in a battle, they need to know that their cause that is worth fighting for; that they can believe in their commander; and that in the end their struggle will be victorious. In Revelation Jesus speaks to a group of Christians who are facing increasing pressure from the world they live in. Pressure to compromise with the culture; pressure to join in with the immorality that is all around them – and even the pressure of violent persecution. Will they keep going? Will they overcome? Jesus speaks through John to 7 churches, & to each of us, showing who He is & why it’s worth pressing on, even under pressure, to serve the one who “loves us & has freed us from our sins”.
This autumn at CBC we will be exploring these letters in Revelation chapters 1-4, and asking what God wants to say to us. Have a read.