Isn’t it true: there’s a growing hostility toward the Christians? There are many countries were such hostility is far worse. What assurance do you have that you’ll be able to endure till the end? Is it based on your own strength and will power? Or is it only found in Christ? Here’s John’s answer . . .
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
We’re currently living in a time when society’s hostility to the Christian faith in America is increasingly growing. Since we’re mostly a product of our own time, we can easily think that this is something new, including ascertaining that the end times must be immediately upon us, as though no other time in history Christians have faced similar or even far worse hostility.
Peter wrote: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). Throughout the centuries, Christians have faced hostility and persecution. Even today there are many countries were that is the case.
Revelation is the last book of the Bible and depicts the final battle between Jesus and Satan. Even though Jesus gained complete victory on the cross, disarming “the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them” (Col. 2:15), the full manifestation of that victory—His kingdom—is still in the future. Until that time we’ll continually be in a spiritual war, including facing tribulation and persecution.
John had been banned to the island of Patmos “on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” The Roman Empire was openly hostile toward Christians. We only have to open the history books to read the atrocities.
Jesus gave John this revelation for his comfort and the comfort of God’s people. No matter how bad things will turn out to be, He’s in full control, ruling and reigning from His throne. In the end, Jesus’ glorious victory will be manifested.
Until then, we need strength to hold on—to persevere. John gave us the answer—it’s only found “in Jesus.” He wrote: “And the patient endurance that are in Jesus.” The strength to persevere until the end is in Christ alone. Notice the present tense: they “are in Jesus.” Whatever we face or will face, Jesus is our strength to patiently endure till we either die or He comes back.
The Devotional Writer
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