“John’s Vision and Instruction”
Most of the disciples had been martyred.
John was exiled, banished to a remote island, names Patmos. It seems like he was pretty much alone.
One day he was worshiping the Lord and the following happens.
Please read the following verses.
9 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.
10 On the Lord’s Day, I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 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.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 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.
14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
16 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.
17 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.
18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
20 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.
When John says he was worshiping in the spirit, this possibly means this was a vision.
But no matter if it was a vision or real, I imagine it was pretty startling. If he was by himself and heard the blast from the trumpet as Christ came his way, it probably got his attention. This was probably the last thing he would have expected.
In case John didn’t already know it, we see that the Lord God is everywhere. He is with John when he was in busy crowds. He is with John when he thinks he is all alone.
Of course, the same is true of us as believers.
The Lord is with us no matter where we go, no matter what might be happening.
I will finish with the lyrics of a hymn that reminds us of this lesson. Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.
Words & Music by Alfred H Ackley
I never walk alone, I have the Saviour,
Who walks beside me everywhere I go;
My heart rejoices in His loving favor,
And all who will His saving grace may know.
I never walk alone, Christ walks beside me,
He is the dearest Friend I’ve ever known,
With such a Friend to comfort and to guide me,
I never, no, I never walk alone.