1. Looking at verse 9, describe what John is experiencing before this encounter with Jesus.
2. Looking at verses 12-16, who does John see? What strikes you about the imagery used to describe Jesus?
3. Verse 17 includes the two striking elements that are at the heart of an encounter with Jesus: John falls down because of the majesty of Jesus, but Jesus immediately picks him back up. Looking at what Jesus says in verses 17-18, how are these words comforting in light of the fear that caused John to fall down?
4. The sermon describes how John might have felt helpless and alone in exile. Is there anywhere in your life you can relate to those feelings right now?
5. John is knocked down by the sight of Jesus because He's aware of the unparalleled greatness of Jesus. When you consider what you know of Jesus, what about his greatness strikes you? Can you relate to John falling down in the presence of Jesus?
6. In verses 17-18, Jesus describes the victory of Easter, and he applies Easter in order to comfort John. How can Easter comfort you today? What challenge can you face differently if the victory of Easter applies to you?
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I sawseven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.