From the Living Lord to the Churches Rev 1:9-20
The tribulation and patience of Jesus are essential conditions of His Kingdom. We cannot exert the divine energies of the latter, unless we are willing to take our share of the former. There should be no Lord’s Day without our definite claim to be in the Spirit ; and if we are in the Spirit , every day is a day of the Lord. The seven churches are distinct in their several characteristics, but one in their blended light. Here is variety, but unity. Jesus was in the midst on the Cross; He is in the midst where two or three are gathered; He is the Lamb “ in the midst of the throne” but He is, also in the midst of the collective life of the Church in her earthly ministry and warfare.
The manifestation of His glory may overwhelm our mortality, but the touch of His pierced hand encourages the soul. His favorite assurance is, Fear not . Here is life in its threefold aspect! In its original source, first and last. In its triumph over death- I became dead . In its eternal reign-I am alive for evermore. The things which John had seen are probably comprehended in this chapter; “the things which are” in Rev 2:1-29 ; Rev 3:1-22 ; and the things which are to come to pass in the remainder of this book.