William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 1:9-10

I, John . . . was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice.

(vv. 9-10)

John, the beloved disciple, a venerable pastor of God’s people, became a serious threat
to imperial Rome. Because he fearlessly preached God’s Word and testified to the risen
Jesus as Savior and Lord of all, he was exiled to the rocky island of Patmos, some forty
miles southwest of Ephesus.

Just imagine how John must have felt. He was cut off from all contact with fellow
believers, deprived of every opportunity for witness. After a long, fruitful, storied
lifetime, he was stranded on a pile of rocks and seemingly abandoned to die, useless and

Then something marvelous happened. It was the Lord’s day, and John reports that he was
“in the Spirit,” in close communion with the Lord. To his shock and amazement, he heard
behind him a voice like a trumpet blast. Imagine that! On a deserted isle he hears a kind
of reveille!

The voice said, “Write what you see in a book, and send it to the seven churches.”
Turning to see whose voice it was, John was overwhelmed by a vision of the exalted Christ.
He called John to write what he saw and send it forth.

Think of what happened as a result. The words of this book have blessed the church for
twenty centuries, keeping faith and hope alive in the midst of trial and persecution. So
wherever you may be stranded today, you’re not “washed up”!


Thank you, Lord, that you can bring the best from the worst!