ECCO | John's Vision of Jesus

August 01, 2021

    John's Vision of Jesus

    Like many believers, the apostle John faced suffering and persecution for telling people about Jesus. The Roman emperor punished John by sending him to an island called Patmos (PAT muhs).

    While John was on the island, he had a vision. John heard a loud voice like a trumpet. The voice said, “Write on a scroll what you see. Then send the message to the seven churches in Asia: Ephesus (EF uh suhs), Smyrna (SMUHR nuh), Pergamum (PUHR guh muhm), Thyatira (THIGH uh TIGH ruh), Sardis (SAHR diss), Philadelphia (FIL uh DEL fih uh), and Laodicea (lay AHD ih SEE uh).”

    John turned around to see whose voice he heard. He saw seven golden lampstands, and he saw Jesus—the Son of Man. Jesus was wearing a long robe with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. His head and hair were as white as snow, and His eyes were like a fiery flame. Jesus’ feet were like strong, polished bronze, and His voice sounded like a roaring waterfall. Jesus had seven stars in His right hand, and a sharp, double-edged sword came from His mouth. Jesus’ face was shining like the sun!

    When John saw Jesus, he fell at Jesus’ feet. Jesus put His hand on John and commanded him, “Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever.” Jesus explained that the seven lampstands were the seven churches. He told John to write about everything he had seen.

    Christ Connection: Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

    BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 1
    STORY POINT: Jesus appeared to John in a vision.
    KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6
    CHRIST CONNECTION: What is the hope of the Church? The Church looks forward to Jesus' return when He will make all things new.

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