I want to bring this thought as we continue in the Revelation, “The Servant’s Place in Prophecy.” My text is Revelation 1:1-8, but I want to emphasize a portion of vs. 1. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;…” (KJV) Here, God begins to unveil to John, His servant, things that He wanted to be shared with other servants. Once again, there is a practical side to prophecy because prophecy should affect how we live for God and how we serve God and God’s Family every day.
In vs. 1, John is a servant among many servants. God gave this prophecy to John “to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass.” In this chapter, there are 7 pastors of 7 churches in Asia Minor that are going to receive this Revelation, and on a much broader scope, you and I as servants have received this wonderful Revelation as well. True servants of God will refuse pride, selfishness and a spirit of competition and be willing to follow our Lord’s example in John 13 as He washed His disciple’s feet, the act of a servant. In vs. 2, John is a servant with an important ministry. John said that he “bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” John has a message to give and we do too! John’s testimony concerned Jesus Christ, and we’re responsible to make Jesus look good, not us! John saw some wonderful truth in this Book which he passed on to us, and we are to grow in truth and show this world what a Christian is all about. I’ve just been talking about being a servant of God.
Pastor Joey Durham