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Jesus Resurrection (Revelation 1.8-10)

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet," (Revelation 1.8-10)✞

On the Lord's Day

Pews in a churchThis vision occurred in Revelation appropriately on "the Lord's Day," which was the first day of the week, or Sunday, the day of Jesus Resurrection. "The Lord's Day," was commemorated by the Early Church as the day of Jesus Resurrection. Early Christians replaced the Jewish Sabbath on the seventh day with "the Lord's Day" on the first day of the week. As important as the Sabbath was, the Day of Jesus' Resurrection became more vital to Christians.✞

Apostle John Icon

Apostle John IconIt was entirely appropriate that "the Beginning" and "the End", "the Alpha and the Omega," should be responsible for effecting such a major transition in the weekly calendar. According to tradition, "the Apostle John," was the only one of the original twelve Apostles who died a natural death and was not martyred for his faith. "John," suffered terribly however at the hands of the Romans and even survived being plunged into a cauldron of boiling oil during the persecution of the Roman Emperor, Domitian. Legend has it that poison was also placed in John's wine goblet but he was alerted by a snake-like head that rose out of it.✞

Widespread Suffering

Image of JesusJohn was not alone, for many other Christian believers were suffering too during this empire wide persecution, and large numbers were being martyred. John seeks to encourage them to persevere in their faith. Is the Lord Jesus, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, in your life as it was for the Apostle John?

"Jesus Resurrection"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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