Sturgis Baptist Church

 

  620 N Adams Street, Sturgis Ky 42459

Steppingstones

Today in our Revelation study, I want to see verse 9, and notice how John exalts his privilege as a servant of Jesus Christ . “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.” (KJV) Here in this verse, John the Beloved tells us where he was at (Patmos) and why he was there, but you will not detect a note of bitterness in his voice because of his circumstances. When things aren’t rosy when serving the Lord, that’s no reason to get bitter! First, John said that he was their brother and companion in “tribulation.” This word tribulation is interesting, as its meaning was applicable to when grapes were harvested and put in a winepress. Pressure applied to grapes causes them to burst so that the sweet juice can run out. John was saying, “I’m under intense pressure, but it’s bringing out the sweetness of serving my Lord and Savior.” What a testimony!


Next, John said that he was their brother and companion in the “kingdom.” This word kingdom implies royalty and speaks of a future reign that is awaiting the Christian that is faithful to their Savior. John was saying, “If we suffer for him, we will also reign with Him!” Third, John said that he was their brother and companion in “patience.” This word patience means “enduring continuance.” John was telling his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, “Let’s don’t quit, not matter what! We will soon be done with troubles and trials!” The reason John was exiled on Patmos was for the Word of God and also for his testimony for Jesus Christ. John was guilty of preaching God’s Word and emphasized the worship of Jesus Christ alone, while the Roman Emperor Domitian demanded people to worship him. Prophetically speaking, after the true church is raptured off of this earth, another religious Roman will demand worldwide worship as well, but then the darling Son of God will put him in his place, which will be the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 19:20) Hallelujah, what a Savior and Sovereign!

Pastor Joey Durham…Sturgis Baptist Church