Study Guide: Revelation 1:9-20
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea." 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and this face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Jesus Christ is all-powerful and always present with us, so we have nothing to fear.
John is given a vision of Jesus displayed in full glory and commanded to write what he heard and saw. Christ is the first and the last. He goes before and behind us. Although he is exalted in heaven, he is still present with us and overcomes our current circumstances.
- How is Jesus described in this passage?
- What is the significance of Jesus holding the keys to Death and Hades?
- What does it mean for the church to be a lampstand?
- How does the reality that Christ is with us in our struggles impact how we can trust in him? How does being transparent with those we disciple benefit them and us?
- How does this truth affect how we respond to issues in our lives and our community? What hope does this truth offer to those who know Christ?
- How can we share this with those who are apart from Christ?
Take a moment to praise God for being near to us in our struggles and for our future hope secured through Jesus’s death and resurrection