The next two chapters in the Book of Revelation are specific messages from Jesus to seven individual churches.
Some people imagine God on some heavenly throne simply watching human beings go round and round on this big blue orb. But God’s Word is very clear that He is not far away. He is right here with us and He knows everything about us. He sees the good and the bad. He’s aware of every heart and every ministry. He knows and cares about specific people, places, and events.
He cares about our churches and in these letters, Jesus paused to praise their obedience and correct their shortcomings. Jesus was and is aware of all that happens in our churches and in each of us.
To the church in Ephesus, He said:
I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance.Revelation 2:2
But then He added:
I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.Revelations 2:4–5
The LAB Notes add:
For Jesus to “remove your lampstand from its place” would mean the church would cease to be an effective church.
To the church in Smyrna, He said:
I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich!Revelation 2:9a, 10
Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer . . . if you remain faithful even when facing death. I will give you the crown of life.
Suffering is never easy but Jesus wants us to know that we can trust His promises. Even when we suffer He is with us and He promises that those who love and trust Him will be with Him forever and always.
To the church in Pergamum, He said:
I know that you live in the city where satan has his throne, yet you have remain loyal to me.Revelation 2:13
You tolerate some among you who teach things that turn people to sexual sin and the sin of idolatry. (Revelation 2:14–15, paraphrased in my own words.)
And to the church in Thyatira, He said:
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.Revelations 2:19
I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman . . . who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.Revelation 2:20
There are many individual points we could talk about from these messages of Jesus. But today, I want to simply focus on this one truth…
Jesus is aware! He is with us.
The Lord of lords and King of kings knew each of these churches . . . He knew their exact situations and precise circumstances. He knew their hearts and heard their words and saw their actions.
The writer to the Hebrews wrote:
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.Hebrews 4:13
A Prayer to Know and Trust Jesus
is Aware of Everything
Lord Jesus, this is a hard teaching. It’s easy to think of You as being with me when I’m doing well but it’s harder to realize that You are also aware of my shortcomings and failures. I want you close when I need Your help but then I foolishly want You to look the other way when I don’t . . . when I want to do things my own way. When I want my will not Yours to be done.
I am so very sorry. Please forgive me. I do repent of my sin and ask You to give me everything I need to work hard with patient endurance, to be willing to suffer if necessary, to serve You in faith with loyalty and love. You have given Your all for me . . . I pray that You will give me what I need each day to fully give myself to You. Amen.
We want Jesus to be aware much of the time but I think if we’re really being honest . . . there are times when we just want to put Him on a shelf and do what we want.
But when we remember that He gave His all for us just because He loves us that much, we are reminded that He is worthy of all our gratitude and praise. He is worthy of all glory and honor. He is worthy of all our love—heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Jesus paid the ultimate price to save us . . . and He is the One to whom we are accountable.
Jesus is aware!
On today’s note write:
Jesus is aware of my good and bad and He still gave Himself for me. Today, I give myself to Him.
May God be with you and bless you today as you focus on His presence and love.
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