This is a letter for those who find themselves today in a set of circumstances that they wish they never had. Those whose dreams were not meant to turn out the way they have. Those who think they have been forgotten, the past is better than their future and the present offers no hope. Here is the message: Jesus knows where you are and there is no situation that you find yourself in that He will not come to you. So lift up your head.
“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. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” (Revelation 1 v 9-10)
John tells the suffering Christians that he too is also in the same situation. Patmos was his exile, a place of punishment for the gospel. He wasn’t there by choice. But just like Ezekiel had a vision in his Babylon exile, John has a vision in the exile of Patmos.
Worship during pain brings revelation.
It’s Sunday and John is not with his people. He isn’t preaching in the churches. He is on the island of Patmos.
Patmos is the place of suffering.
Patmos is the place that is forgotten. Everyone has heard of Patmos now but not then not in John’s day, he even has to describe it, the island of Patmos.
Patmos is the place where all that is in front of you is your ultimate death.
Patmos is the pace of containment. You are not escaping this. It is your portion for the rest of your life.
You may know a Patmos experience like this.
Patmos can be a place where you move from a painful reality to a supernatural divinity. John will move from Patmos to heaven and eventually move with the new heaven to a new earth.
Patmos can be the best place that you have ever been to.
How? John got into the Spirit and we will see how he began to worship.
We have got to get into the Spirit. Despite the tough circumstance we must get into the place where the Holy Spirit overwhelms us as we worship God. Jesus will meet us there and an adventure begins!
He will find you no matter where you end up.