By Michael Julian
Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Kenton
Focal Passage: Revelation 3:14-22
This passage brings back memories. In seminary, I had the daunting task of writing a 20-22 page paper on this letter to Laodicea. Where was I going to locate enough source material to fulfill the assignment? This venture haunted this procrastinator’s dreams. I digress. Let’s carry on!
When we look at Laodicea we discover a self-sufficient city. They were famous for their banking, their black wool, and their eye ointment. But for all their wealth and fame, they were beset with a water supply problem. Suffice it to say at this juncture, that their physical water supply problem was eclipsed by their spiritual water supply problem. Our sufficiency is found in Christ alone.
Revelation 3:14-17: The pattern holds form. The angel is addressed, followed by a pertinent description of Jesus, and then a statement of knowledge that will commend the church or chastise the church, or both. Laodicea receives the all-knowing gaze of the faithful and true Witness, without any words of commendation. In fact, the language utilized here speaks of being absolutely repulsed by the taste of their works. [Read more…]