Summary: This church could not see itself as it really was.
A young woman went to her preacher and said, "Preacher, I have a besetting sin, and I want your help. I come to church on Sunday and can’t help thinking I’m the prettiest girl in the congregation. I know I ought not think that, but I can’t help it. I want you to help me with it." The preacher replied, "Mary, don’t worry about it. In your case it’s not a sin. It’s just a horrible mistake." -- Haddon Robinson, "Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Us Guys," Preaching Today, Tape No. 80.
Sometimes we are the last to know how we really are.
In this last letter to the churches, the letter to the church at Laodicea, we have a picture of a church that really does not see itself as it really is.
The setting for this church could be compared to having a church in Miami Florida.
The city of Laodicea was a popular place to retire. The city was famous during its time for many things which include:
Health resorts because of hot mineral springs
A medical center that was a well-known source of eye salve.
It’s fine black wool industry
The city was so wealthy that when an earthquake destroyed the city in A.D. 60, the city rebuilt itself without any outside help.
This was a nice city to live in.
This church probably looked very nice, it was a church that really did not have any problems with specific sins, heretics or persecution.
This church had struggled with a problem that is still running rampant in our churches and our lives today.
Let’s take a look at a picture of a foolish church.
I. PICTURE OF THE LORD v 14
The picture of the Lord is painted for us in verse 14. Let’s see what it tells us
Revelation 3:14 (NASB) 14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the £Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
Jesus calls Himself the AMEN.
A. The Amen.
Whenever we finish our prayers, we say AMEN. This means that we are affirming the truths that have been spoken.
Sometimes during a sermon someone (who is awake) will say amen to something in the message, this means that we are affirming the truths that have been preached.
Jesus is absolutely true and reliable.
Secondly Jesus calls Himself the faithful.
B. The Faithful.
This statement means that Jesus is worthy of our faith. This is faith in the passive sense.
How many things do people invest their lives in that are worthy of their faith?
Thirdly, Jesus says He is the true witness.
C. The True Witness.
How many people claim the have the path to God?
Jesus is the true witness to God.
Finally Jesus says He is the beginning of the creation of God.
D. The Beginning of the Creation of God.
Why would people want to put their faith in the creation instead of the creator?