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Seventh Day of Christmas: 7 Churches of Revelation
The book of Revelation contains seven letters from Jesus to churches in seven important cities in the Roman province of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). In these letters, after a brief but significant description of himself, Jesus addresses the spiritual condition of each church: as appropriate, he praises, challenges, and symbolically makes a promise to each.
Comfort in Persecution and a Message of Triumph
Jesus said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20). What a puzzling thing to say to his confused and grieving disciples. However, Jesus’ point was that God was not abandoning the disciples in their coming sufferings. He promised to be with them, to send the Comforter, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit:
“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away” (John 16:1).
As today, the church in the times of the apostles experienced suffering, persecution, and hatred from some people around them. At the end of the first century, at the time when the book of Revelation was likely written, Christians were experiencing different kinds of persecution.
The book of Revelation as a whole was written to give assurance and comfort to suffering and persecuted believers. This theme is crucial in each of the letters to the church. However, each letter assures Christians of the ultimate victory of God and God’s people over the powers of evil and death. Jesus’ victory over the powers of evil and death is the first decisive step. Christians can claim this victory by being faithful in their devotion to Christ and faithful witnesses of the good news in the world.
How does Jesus’ victory bring comfort to suffering Christians today?
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The book of Revelation contains seven letters from Jesus to 7 churches in Asia Minor. In these letters, Jesus addresses the spiritual health of each church—He praised, encouraged, challenged, and warned each church so that they may be faithful to the end. As Christians today, it is important that we too check the spiritual health of our walk with God as we continue to wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus.