Unrepentant Sins Found in the Church
John is flattened on Patmos when he sees Jesus. Those flaming eyes seemed so much like the ones John had seen when Jesus cleansed the Temple of Jerusalem. But this time its not the Temple of Jerusalem, Jesus is headed towards the local churches that make up His Body, His visible presence on Earth.
Jesus with piercing eyes of holiness and glowing feet of chastisement is headed to stomp out the sin that is dimisnishing His power in His Church.
John is staggered, the churches that received the letter Jesus sent them through John, were put on notice, and Church History records the results. Those churches that did not repent have gone extinct, Jesus removed their lamp from the stand, and He had to find others who would stay useful in His sight.
Why are we given such a seemingly negative message from the Lord, through John in Revelation 1-3? Why would Jesus discourage His Church just as they were entering the hardest time in their existence?
Because the Church is strongest when it is purest. Maybe also because most of the church through the ages needs a reminder about:
What Jesus Does When His Church Neglects It’s Calling
As the Great Physician Jesus won’t stand by and let us destroy our usefulness for Him. He has promised He will intervene if we persist in allowing sin to infect our lives. Sin growing unchecked in the lives of believers is deadly, destructive, and never tolerated for long by our Lord. Since we are called the Body of Jesus, sin is a deadly pathogen to the health of His Body.
Seeing the Great Physician Looking for Cancer in His Church
Jesus is completely focused upon His task when John sees and describes Him. As I read, notice what John saw about Jesus.
Revelation 1:14-20 “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which 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 which you saw are the seven churches.”
Jesus stops to tell John what He found in each of the local churches. That is the message of the seven letters in chapters 2-3.
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