The Reflections on Elections 2012 series began with thoughts of life as a rollercoaster. In addition to rollercoaster nature of our Christian walk, the Lord also placed these words in my spirit while reflecting on election 2012:
“9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God,
and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,
and heard behind me a great voice,
as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
[Revelation 1: 9-11]
In these Scriptures, the rollercoaster of John’s life as an Apostle of the Lord has him on the remote Isle of Patmos, situated in the Aegean Sea.
Roman authorities often banished malefactors to Patmos. John was sent there in 95 A.D. for acts of treason in the preaching of a King whose Throne is higher than King Domitian of Rome. Surely, John had legitimate reasons to be concerned that his banishment would sorely hurt the still young Christian church and its ability to spread the Gospel. Namely, numerous early church leaders had died or been slain. Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew were dead. The Apostle James as killed by Herod Agrippa in 44 A.D. The Apostle Andrew was crucified at Patrae in Achaia. Simon Peter was crucified upside down during persecution under Nero in 67/68 A.D. And Anitpas was martyred at Pergamum in Asia Minor. [Revelation 2:13].
In his human frailty, John was deeply concerned about Christian movement. Consequently, the Lord is revealed to this faithful leader. And what we find in The Book of Revelations is that Jesus is not running around in heaven, biting his finger nails. He is not pulling out his hair or worrying that his work on Calvary would we short-circuited. To the contrary, we are given a window through which to see a Jesus Christ, sitting on the Throne of God. [Revelation 3:21] Sitting. Not pacing the floors of Heaven, but sitting. And not hanging onto the thread of eternity, but directing it. Transcending it. Subjecting it. To John, who found reason for concern, Jesus is saying, “I’ve got this all worked out.“
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