What must it have been like—exiled on the Isle of Patmos,
because of his testimony for Christ? (Revelation 1)
John had no live band to lead him in worship, no accompaniment, no artificial light, no props, and no company. But he had his past experience with the Lord Jesus, the memories of living and walking in His footsteps, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The testimony for which he was exiled was the same power that was constantly with him.
He was chosen and prepared to receive such visions as he was given, and to put it in writing to be preserved for us. John’s visions recorded in the Book of Revelation are not your everyday experience, or even a weekly example, of a worship that any of us can expect or hope for here on earth. But it does serve to bring us to an understanding of the special day that the Lord’s Day became for His people.
It is a day to which we look forward, in anticipation of more of the revelation of the Spirit in our lives and our worship, when we are alone with the Lord or gathered with His people. The same Spirit, by which we are born into His kingdom, is the same Spirit that leads to greater heights of understanding and finally to His glory. He is the same presence and power that opens our minds and hearts to Christ, so that we desire to hear His voice, to see that just one, high and lifted up. Being the center and focus of all our desires and worship, He is all that we seek. We avoid all hindrances and distractions that take our attention away from Him, His Word and His plan for His worship.
The Holy Spirit and His Word (truth that is in and of Christ) lead us to cast all our crowns before Him, to humble ourselves before Him in silence, praise and adoration. The same Spirit of which we are born, led, live, and walk, directs our hearts to Him, and reveals the things of God that He will never show us otherwise. (1 Corinthians 2:9-16) This is worship in Spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
The power of His Word will separate us from the world, its methods, sounds, and designs, and by His Spirit bring us to discover Jesus Christ in a new light. Who does not desire to see the lightnings, thunderings, and earthquakes that prayer and true worship bring to this earth—of which we are in such great need?
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom
which cannot be moved,
let us have grace,
whereby we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.”
Dear Father, fill us more and more with your Spirit, especially today; lead us, open our eyes and ears and our hearts to conceive of what you have prepared for us. Show us great and mighty things we have not known—things that will enable us to bear witness of Christ in all that we do; even it means separation from everybody and all that we know; even if it means that some who claim the name of Christ will throw stones at us. Lead us to seek Christ, to live for, and worship You, and Christ alone. In His name we pray and praise you. Amen.