Studying this morning the churches of Revelation 2 & 3 and was pleasantly surprised by the various names Jesus calls himself. Each name is so powerful and victorious. Each name paints another display of Jesus’ greatness and majesty. The names are praise-worthy, but at the same time demand reverence and a proper fear.
To the church of Ephesus, Jesus calls himself the “one holds the seven stars [the angels of the 7 churches] in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands [the 7 churches].” (Rev 2:1) To the church in Smyrna, Jesus is the “first and the last, who died and came to life.” (Rev 2:8)
To the church in Pergamum, Jesus is the one “who has the sharp two-edged sword.” (Rev 2:11) To Thyatira, Jesus is the “Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.” (Rev 2:18) To Sardis, Jesus is the one who “has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.” (Rev 3:1)
To Philadelphia, Jesus is called the “holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.” (Rev 3:7) And finally to the church of Laodicea, Jesus is the “Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” (Rev 3:14)
Beyond the words of correction Jesus speaks to these 7 churches in these 2 chapters, I believe the way Jesus is described and named is just as powerful. He is the conquering king, the victorious Lord, the Risen Savior, the Exalted Son. I am humbled that Jesus saved my life and promises to write my name in His Lamb’s book of life. I am upheld forever by His strong hand.