Have you ever felt like you were living numb? What took you to that place? How did you get out of it? This week, we will conclude our series, ‘Revealed’, by looking at the seventh and final letter to the churches in Asia Minor in Revelation 3:14-22. Take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you read these verses aloud.
The letter to the church in Laodicea is probably one of the best-known of the seven letters in Revelation 2 and 3. In 1st century Asia Minor, Laodicea was a wealthy city known for its banking industry, textiles, and medical school. It was so wealthy, in fact, that when an earthquake struck Laodicea in AD 60, the city was able to rebuild itself without any help from Rome. Pertinent to Jesus’ words in verses 15 and 16 is the fact that Laodicea did not have its own water supply, but had to pipe in water from nearly six miles away. The church in Laodicea is also mentioned in the letter to the Colossians (see especially 4:15, 16).
- Jesus’ self-description in 3:14 has echoes of Colossians 1:15-18 and Isaiah 65:16. What is Jesus saying about Himself here?
- How would you describe the church in Laodicea from verses 15-17? What is Jesus’ strongest critique of them?
- Laodicea was neighbored by Hierapolis, with its soothing warm springs, and Colossae, with its refreshing cool waters. Given this setting, what do you think Jesus’ words about being lukewarm mean regarding this church?
- Take some time to complete the following statement: “you might be lukewarm if…”
- Where are you most at risk of heading toward lukewarm living? • How would you describe the remedy to lukewarm living that Jesus outlines in verses 18-21?
- Every letter in Revelation 2 and 3 ends with the words, “whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” What is the Spirit saying to you through this letter? What has the Spirit been saying to you throughout these series, “Revealed”? How will you live differently in light of that message?