“and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash” (Revelation 1:13).

In John’s vision, the seven lampstands (v.12) represent the seven churches of Asia Minor (v.20). These were not perfect churches. They had imperfect leaders; the congregations were filled with the broken and flawed; they had their strengths and weaknesses. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? So how does the resurrected and exalted Christ relate to such churches as these? He stands in the very middle of their existence — molding, shaping, nurturing, disciplining, and guiding them in the power of his Spirit to the place of ultimate Christlikeness.

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