Have you ever “accidentally” read someone else’s mail? The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals. However, if you accidentally open someone else’s mail, you have not committed a crime. The law was created to punish individuals who knowingly open mail that is addressed to someone else. Thank goodness, it was only an “accident” when you did it!
In the second and third chapters of Revelation, we get the chance to read seven personal letters written by Jesus to actual churches located in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Although these letters were personally written to these seven churches, Jesus did say it was ok for us to take a peek. (Each letter ends with this phrase, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”)
Because we have ears, let us hear what Jesus wanted these seven churches to know as they individually share something in them that would be extremely helpful for us to know. Over the next seven weeks, we will look inside each of these letters and hear what the Spirit is saying. So, be sure and plan to join us this Sunday as we look at the first letter Jesus sent out.
I’ll see you soon!