vrs 9 companion in the sufferingand #133; and patient endurance
and quot;We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of Godand quot; (Acts 14:22)
True persecution, imprisonment, martyrdom. These are far removed from us as Christians today, but we do suffer. Who can witness the breakup of families, the death of innocent children, and the dilemma of the poor, without crying out and quot;Come, Lord Jesusand quot;?
Following Jesus brings many benefits. It also causes new pressures and struggles. In what ways have you found being a Christian difficult?
vrs. 5 Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness1, the firstborn from the dead2, and the ruler of the kings of the earthand #133; loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
vrs. 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests3 to serve his God
1see Isaiah 55:4, 2 see Acts 26:23, 3 see 1 Peter 2:5, also see Phil 1:6
How can these verses comfort and encourage us when we are struggling to be faithful?
vrs. 10 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
vrs. 11 which said: and quot;Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churchesand quot;
Imagine you are a member of one of the seven churches.
How would you feel when you discovered that Christ himself had asked John to send YOU this letter?
To what extent do you have the same feeling today, knowing the letter is also addressed to you?
vrs. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written
In what ways do you think he expects us to take this message to heart?
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