“THE LORD IS YOUR LIGHT AND YOUR SALVATION” (Psalm 27:1)
📕Rev 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R. Rev 3:21); Luke 19:1-10
My dear, if you have begun the reading of the Book of Revelation as we requested yesterday, you would have already been struck with one basic reality about the Book; it is filled with the use of apocalyptic language and symbols.
Behind these essential features is the message of encouragement and consolation to the people that God would save them from the hands of their oppressors. God made that promise to the people of Israel in the Old Testament; the book of Revelation presents Jesus as a fulfilment of that promise.
Just as we have in the field of Aesthetics where pictures pass messages that are beyond them, so also are symbols in apocalyptic literatures.
We must already be familiar with the number “7” in the book (cf. Rev 1:4, 16, 20; 2:1; 3:1). In biblical terms, that number stands for fullness, wholeness, perfection (cf. Gen 2:2-3). So when you hear that the book was written to the seven churches, it means that it was written to the whole Christians, including you and me.
So, when the Church in Sardis was accused of being dead instead of being alive (Rev 3:1) and the Church in Laodicea of being neither cold nor hot (Rev 3:15), we need to ask ourselves whether we are in anyway like them in our spiritual journey. Even if we discover ourselves to be in such deficient conditions, all we need to do is to change our ways and follow Christ, whose mission is to seek out and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
Do you want to be saved? Make yourself available! And as you do so, may the purpose of God for your life be accomplished even sooner than you anticipate it. And may you hear him say to you as he said to Zacchaeus, “Today, salvation has come to [your] house.” Amen.
Have a transforming and productive day. Peace be with you.