Rev 1:9 KJV – 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.
In our text for this morning, John, as he writes to the members of the seven churches of Asia, describes himself as their “companion in tribulation”. John understood the seven churches were facing opposition and abuse because of their stand for Christ. This was taking place while, at the same time, John was banished to Patmos, being punished for declaring God’s Word. The churches were not alone in their sufferings. This is John’s message to the churches and to us as well in today’s time. When we find ourselves facing opposition and abuse in service for Christ, remember we are not alone.
This same message is given to us by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:16-18…
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Paul reminds us that, if we are the children of God:
- We are His heirs
- We will share in suffering in His service
- We will be glorified and enjoy eternity with Him
Folks, persecution is to be expected on the part of God’s people, but when compared to the glory that awaits us, it will be worth it all.
As we begin our day of service to the Lord, we may come upon those who will oppose and mistreat us. When this takes place may we remember the two basic truths we have seen this morning… we are not alone in our suffering for Him and it will be worth it all when we see His face throughout eternity.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: