Revelation 1:9-20 (NLT) 9 I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit.
In Jesus, our life is not tribulation-free, but it is tribulation-proof. John serves as an amazing example of one who persevered sixty, seventy years, in Jesus, like Jesus, because of Jesus. And even though he had hard days, he was patiently waiting for the one day when he would see Jesus face to face and hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
From Series: "Love Letters from Jesus"
The entire storyline of Revelation is about Jesus Christ. It is a Christ-centered book. To be sure, all Scripture speaks of the Savior; but the Book of Revelation especially magnifies the greatness and glory of Jesus Christ. The book is, after all, the revelation of Jesus Christ; not just the revelation of future events. That’s why it opens with the words, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” Chapters 2 and 3 contain messages that Jesus wanted delivered to His Bride. After more than 60 years of His physical absence, drift had occurred. Jesus was calling His Bride back to her first love, back to her first priority, back into faithful relationship.