Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

I believe in the Resurrection Part 2

It is said that many attempts to kill John were unsuccessful, the Roman Emperor Domitian banished John to the Isle of Patmos.  The little island, called a living tomb, was nothing more than a rocky mass in the Aegean Sea that the Roman government used as a place for exiled felons.  

John wrote the following words from the Isle of Patmos. 

REVELATION 1: 9.10

9   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.

10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’ day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet. 

John was exile by himself for “the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (v 9).  Yet he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and heard a voice – the voice of the Resurrected Savoir.  John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day because he still believed in the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ! 

John had been persecuted in just about every way that he could be persecuted, and yet he still believed!  With no one to talk to and surrounded with masses of rock on that tiny island, John still believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  According to what is recorded in the Scriptures, the Apostle John was the first to believe that Jesus had risen (John 20:8).  

And John was the one who had chosen to write the last words of Jesus that we have on record in the Scriptures – words to encourage the believers who were in turmoil and who were suffering persecution for their faith in Christ Jesus. 

REVELATION 1: 11-13, 15,17

11  …I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:  and What thou seest, write in a book …

12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man …

15  …And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of manywaters.

17 And when I saw Him , I fell at His feet as dead.  And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear Not; I am the first and the last. 

Look at Revelation 1:12 and 13.  When John turned to see the Voice that spoke to him, he saw the Son of Man.  John knew Jesus.  He had eaten with Him, and talked with Him,

and walked with Him as one of His disciples.  And John believed in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

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Word for Today:  " Share The Credit" 

Ronald Regan was famous for always having a certain sign on his desk, both as governor and as President.  It read, “There is no limit as to what we can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.”  One of the most neglected keys to growing up spiritually is our willingness to share the glory, or give honor where honor is due.  In the Book of Proverbs it says, “Let another praise you and not your own mouth.”  If you really want to see the blessing unfold before your very eyes, Share the credit, share the glory, and do it publicly.