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Fix your eyes on Jesus

Revelation 1:1-20, Jeremy Bailey, January 20, 2019

Sermon Notes:
  • v9-20
  • Particularly v12-13
  • The church here likely not much different to the church in Bethlehem in Port Talbot
    • Many concerns - examples
    • Is there something that above all of that is our greatest need?
    • Something that will embrace all of our lives and give us the help we need?
  • John points us towards the clearer and greater need for Jesus
    • Fix your eyes on Jesus - a description, not a command in Chapter 1
    • Our greatest need is always to fix our eyes on Jesus (and keep them there)
    • What happens when we do? - John tells us what happened to him
  • When we fix our eyes on Jesus
    • We have not seen him with our own eyes as those in the Gospels had
    • John in is the same position that we are, in that Jesus had ascended back to heaven
  • v9-10 – in the Spirit on the Lord's Day
    • John is a brother
      • We are of equal worth in the Kingdom of God
    • John is a companion
      • He is going through what we are going through
    • On the island of Patmos
      • Either preaching the gospel or because he was being persecuted
      • It was the latter - He was banished to the island of Patmos
    • The Lord's Day
      • Sunday
      • Everyday belongs to the Lord, but one day He has set apart
      • He rose on the first day of the week and forever changed the world - explanation
    • In the Spirit
      • Every believer possesses the Holy Spirit
        • It is one of the great gifts of God - the forgiveness of sins and the giving of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2
        • Rom 8:9 
      • He was enjoying a wonderful communion with God through the Holy Spirit
      • This encourages us - we need to seek God
  • v10b-11 – the voice of Jesus
    • The call of a trumpet - very loud
      • The voice of Jesus sounded like a trumpet - you have to pay attention when He speaks
      • I am the First and the Last
      • He holds all of history in His hands
      • He has all things in His hands - what comfort to us
    • These words are not just for John, but for us
    • We need to be listening out for the voice of Jesus
  • v12-15 – a glorious vision
    • Seven golden lampstands
      • The first thing he sees is the church
      • This is instructive to us - we do not see Jesus but we see the church
      • We are a golden lampstand in this place
      • We are the lampstand (from which to shine the light) but we are not the lightbearer
      • Golden - we are valuable and previous to the Lord Jesus Christ
      • Our tasks is to bear the gospel of Jesus Christ in the place where He has put us
    • One like the Son of Man
      • He walks amongst the golden lampstands
        • He is not distant from His Church
        • He is in heaven - having sat down at the right hand of God
        • By His Holy Spirit He is always present amongst His churches
      • He sees His Church and assesses us
        • Things to commend
        • Things to rebuke
      • Difficult to describe the appearance
        • The best John can say is like this, like that and like the other
        • Like a King
        • A most glorious being - of strength, glory and majesty
        • Piercing eyes
        • Voice that cuts deeply
        • Feet that can go anywhere
      • This is our Jesus - fix your eyes on Jesus
  • v17-18 – This experience of seeing Jesus encouraged and strengthened John
    • He fell down as though dead
      • A hand lifted him up
      • Jesus spoke encouraging words
      • The same hand of Jesus that sustains the universe, sustains you
    • Jesus encourages John to carry out
      • I am the First and the Last - Isa 44:6
      • I am the living one - Joshua 3
      • He holds the keys of Death and Hades
      • He is the Judge and Victor
    • Jesus is our motivation and strength to continue

Sermon Passage:

Revelation 1:1-20

1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 9I 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. 10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17And 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: 18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 19Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 20The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (KJV)

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