Our distance in time and culture from the first hearers of the Book of Revelation make its images alien to us. Much of the way John expressed convictions about God is also alien. The first hearers suffered sharply for their faith in dead and risen Messiah Jesus. People today still suffer like them. Our ease with faith makes Revelation’s vision alien. John wrote his vision to comfort those who suffered for their faith. Suffering, comfort and strengthening faith united as the message of John, who found [himself] on [the Mediterranean] island called Patmos.
- Pause with our triune God.
- Ask John on Patmos to present you to Jesus.
- Chat with Jesus: consider telling him what you feel you hide from Jesus. Praise him for his patient attention to you and for the ways he touches you with his risen life.
- Ask Jesus, the one who lives, for grace to be alert to his presence in your distress as well as joy; and for endurance to be his disciple in our world today.
- Close saying slowing the Lord’s Prayer, which shapes us to offer peace with generosity rather than fear. That is the finest way we testify to our risen Messiah.
- Many visit the cave which remembers John and his vision on Patmos: make a virtual tour.