This past weekend I finished teaching a college class on the New Testament. As an exercise to see how things would go, I actually had us read the Book of Revelation out loud. It was a challenge at times, but it was a worthwhile exercise overall. The book opened up to us a little more as we tried to set aside all the voices who are so “certain” about what Revelation means.
The beginning of Revelation is always a passage of great comfort and challenge to me. John is on the island of Patmos because of his witness as a Christian. Suffering in a prison colony, it’s the Lord’s Day. John, in the midst of suffering, worships. And Jesus shows up.
9 I, John, your brother who shares with you in the hardship, kingdom, and endurance that we have in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and my witness about Jesus. 10 I was in a Spirit-inspired trance on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice that sounded like a trumpet. 11 It said, “Write down on a scroll whatever you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” (Rev. 1:9-11, CEB)
The Common English Bible has an interesting way to put the first part of verse 10.
John chooses to worship in spite of his circumstances and God rewards him.
He knows where you are. He knows your situation. He wants to come and give you his presence.
Advent is about the coming of Christ. It is about his presence. In your current circumstance he is there. Worship him.