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Summary: A look at John on the island of Patmos

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9 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. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

I wish I could tell you that I am “in the spirit” all the time, everyday. My wife is here and she would tell you the truth. There are times when I am not in the spirit. It has nothing really to do with my relationship with God is more about the attitude of the moment.

For example:

Driving on the expressway getting cut off

Coming home and the kids going wild

Having a hard day on the job

My last pastor had a saying that he used often and I know that it will hard for some of you to believe but, he would say, we preachers are border line human and there are days that we are not in the spirit.

1) Let’s take a look at John

 one of the original 12 disciples

 chosen very young

 follwed Jesus 3 ½ years

 became the beloved

 given charge of Jesus’ mother at the cross

 now 90 ears old

 preaching in Epesus for 70 yrs.

 rewared with a free trip to Patmos by Domietican

2) What about Patmos

 today a tourist attraction

 5 star hotels

 vacation deals

 in 96 AD it is desolate

 no food

 Romans put you there to die of starvation

 surrounded by pain and suffering John could say,

I was in the Spirit

Patmos for us is just the stuff of life:

o When we get fired from our job

could be a Patmos for us

o When a loved one is not living right

could be a Patmos for us

o When we watch a parent or child die

could be a Patmos for us

o When a loved one is diagnosed with a incurable disease

could be a Patmos for us

In the middle of our Patmos how do we say

“I was in the Spirit”?

John how did you do it”

How could you make a statement like that”

1) Keep A Close Relationship With Jesus

John 15:1-4

1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.


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