A sermon by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
22 November, 2015
This is the formal greeting, written in the form of a letter. It is from John to the 7 churches of Asia, what we today call Syria. The book of revelation is written to give hope to a church that is being persecuted. Even though times are tough, the author begins the book of Revelation with great hope that is found in being saved through Christ.
Grace and peace to you from the one who is and was and is coming, and from the seven spirits that are before God’s throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ—the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 who made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and always. Amen.
7 Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This is so. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and was and is coming, the Almighty.” (Common English Bible)
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