“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.” Revelation 2:8
There is so much hope in these few words. “He is the First and the Last...”
What comfort. He was there at the beginning. He will be there at the end. He is there every day in-between. When I wake up in the morning, He greets me. When I close my eyes at night, He stands guard, rejoicing over me with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Revelation 2:8 continues, “who died and came to life again.”
Jesus was crucified. He gave up His life for us. He was buried and a stone was rolled and sealed in front of His death cave. But death was no match for His life. Early in the morning, He broke free from the curse of death and for all time, He lives. He is alive today.
It then becomes a promise for us. Yes, death will come, but we will live again. The church at Smyrna did not know when they would be taken by the enemy and face death. Jesus was promising them that He was bigger than death. Jesus promises us that He is bigger than death.
We are living in uncertain times.
Remember, Jesus is bigger than uncertain times, bigger than difficult circumstances. Jesus is bigger than death.