Seven days of inspiration from Revelation - Day 2
Grace and peace to you!
Greetings to the Seven Churches
The seven congregations represent the church of all times and places. The number seven indicates that this is God’s church. God also speaks to his church today – to you and I. Unlike what earthly kings would do to their subjects, God greets his church with words of grace and peace. We do not need to be afraid of God’s presence, even though God is almighty and eternal.
The seven spirits before God’s throne is another way of talking about God’s Spirit, or the Holy Spirit as we know it. Then, the spotlight falls on Jesus Christ. He came to show us how God really is. Therefore, Jesus is the credible witness. Through his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ showed that God has more power and rules over the kings of the earth.
This is a great comfort for believers of all times, who sometimes live under difficult political circumstances. However, through our faith in Jesus Christ, we have a special responsibility. God’s kingdom must become a reality through the way we live. Unlike the priests in the Old Testament, ordinary believers now have direct access to God.
As clouds are often related to God’s presence in the Bible, Jesus Christ’s coming on the clouds, here, indicates God’s presence with his church. Every time we look up and see the clouds, we are assured that God is with us. However, those who do not see Jesus Christ in this way, will experience remorse. God is always present and that is why he is called the Alpha and Omega.
- 1.How do we experience God’s presence?
- 2.How can we make God’s presence more visible?