by John Barnett

Discovering the Hope of Jesus
John Barnett
Revelation 2:8-11

"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."'

Are you listening to the message of Jesus? If we see Jesus and listen to Him carefully, we can hear His voice. He speaks to us all here (reading this), and He speaks to us clearly as we go on this journey through the books (of the Bible). We have seen Jesus in so many wonderful ways, and I wonder if we have heard Him as He has spoken to us through the pages of His book. In our first message, He said 'Discover My glorious majesty and learn from it'. Then He said 'Discover my inexhaustible peace in a world that is desperate for peace, that is losing their reason for even living'. Jesus offers to all of us his inexhaustible peace. Jesus says 'Discover My infinite glory, My perfect ministry. Discover and experience My precious blood, My special plan for your life. Discover my all-seeing eyes. I'm a part of everything you do. I'm a part of everything that's ever been in your life. I've seen it all. I've been there.' Jesus said 'Discover My comforting voice. Discover My restoring touch. Discover My personal message' as we saw each of the seven churches, and that personal message Jesus gives. Then as we saw in Ephesus, Jesus said "Discover My absolute jealousy. I want to be first. Not first among many, but first above all.' ...

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