A doorway in the recently excavated site of ancient Laodicea re- calls Jesus’ words to the church: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”Finally, in our desire to delve into new layers of meaning, we have assigned the seven messages to seven consecutive periods of Christian history. But that’s only part of their relevance.
A tourist strolls down the main thoroughfare of Ephesus, the first of seven churches addressed in the Book of Revelation.The cure prescribed for Sardis’ condition—the superbly organized church that was dead and dying (Rev. 3:1, 2)—was resurrection, the biggest wake-up call of all time. There was hope even for Sardis! (Rev. 3:1-6).
David Marshall is senior editor at Stanborough Press in Lincolnshire, England.