Luke 12:1-3 Jesus Conquers In A Chaotic World
Last week we finished looking at the seven churches addressed in Revelation 2 and 3. All of these Christians were to hear His word, repent and remain faithful till the very end.
W saw the importance of being disciples even in a chaotic environment.
We see this chaos in us, in our community and even in the church.
Ephesus was called to remember the love that they had at the beginning.
Smyrna was told that they were to remain faithful even unto death.
Pergamum was called to purity of teaching and to holiness in living.
Thyatira was told to recover purity of doctrine, holiness in living and to hold fast till Jesus returns.
Sardis, is to wake up, strengthen what remains, remember what they had received and heard and to keep it and repent.
Philidelphia, was to keep His Word and to patiently endure.
Laodicea is to receive from the Lord all of the spiritual graces from the Lord that they desperately needed and yet did not possess.
All of this is expected of the Christians in these churches even though they are in a chaotic world full of temptations, distractions, deceptions, persecutions and problems.
Do you remember when Jesus said to the church in Pergamum, “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.” (Revelation 2:12) Or when He spoke to the church in Smyrna saying, “Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison.” (Revelation 2:10)
When we consider our culture and our churches we may want to throw up our hands and say,
“Christ expects too much! It cannot be done. It is impossible.”
“Christ does not know what we are going through. How could He possibly understand what we are facing and the pressures that we are experiencing?”
How are we to answer such questions?
It might help if we consider a verse that was in our text from last week in Revelation 3:21. It says, “To the one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on His throne.”
Do you see something in that verse that might help us answer the questions,
“Christ does not know what we are going through?”
“How can He possibly understand what we are facing?”
It is found in the words, “As I also conquered”.
Jesus, came down from heaven and lived among us.
He experienced the trials, testings, temptations.
He knows how chaotic life can get.
He knows how distracted we can be by pleasure and pain.
He knows that we can be at times either fickle or fanatical.
He knows persecution.
He knows what it is like to be attacked by Satan and the demons