In the second post of this series we will take a look at the kind of Christian characterized by the church in Smyrna.
The church in Smyrna
While Jesus does not mention anything positive about the Christians in Smyrna he does acknowledgetheir suffering. The church in Smyrna was not only suffering standard persecution but they were also suffering financially. Though Christ reminds them of their riches in him (Rev. 2:9).
The Christians in Smyrna were facing persecution from without and from within. There were those in their midst who were out to get them.
Does this sound like you?
While you probably can’t relate to the degree of suffering the church in Smyrna was facing you may be able to relate to the kind of suffering it was going through.
There are times when it seems like the world is out to get us. Nothing seems to go our way. Financially we can’t get our head above water. And those who claim to be there for us only seem to make matters worse.
Finding comfort in the promises of Christ
However, we know that even though at times it seems like everyone is out to get us and our friends have abandoned us, Christ will always be there for us.
Jesus promises the church in Smyrna that they will receive the crown of life and will be with him always. As modern Christians we can still count on the promises of Christ. We need to remember him whenever we are facing hard times and remember that he faced much worse for us.