Lesson 2 — The Risen Christ

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This is the second lesson of a series based on the book Letters From The Lamb. This lesson covers Revelation, chapter 1

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Lesson 2 — The Risen Christ

  1. 1. © 2009, www.lettersfromthelamb.com The Risen Christ
  2. 2. <ul><li>Concerning things that were to happen soon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation for persecution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Him who is, who was and who is to come </li></ul><ul><li>From Jesus, the faithful witness, firstborn from the dead, ruler over all earthly kings </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Faithful Witness: Martyr; Revelation 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Firstborn from the dead: He’s been there! </li></ul><ul><li>Ruler over all earthly kings: Jesus Christ is the true dominant power, not Caesar </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>He shares with them in suffering, in the kingdom, and in patient endurance </li></ul><ul><li>He has been a faithful witness </li></ul>John’s Right to Speak
  5. 7. The Number 7 <ul><li>Represents completeness, perfection </li></ul>
  6. 8. The Number 7 <ul><li>Many “7s” in Revelation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>churches ( 1:4,11 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spirits ( 1:4 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lampstands ( 1:12 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stars ( 1:16 ) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. The Number 7 <ul><li>Many “7s” in Revelation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>seals ( 5:1 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>horns and eyes ( 5:6 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>trumpets ( 8:2 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thunders ( 10:3 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>signs ( 12:1,3; 13:13-14; 15:1; 16:14; 19:20 ) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. The Number 7 <ul><li>Many “7s” in Revelation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>crowns ( 12:3 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plagues ( 15:6 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bowls ( 15:7 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hills ( 17:9 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kings ( 17:10 ) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. The Number 7 <ul><li>Many “7s” in Revelation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Christ” 7 times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Jesus” 14 times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Lord” 21 times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven beatitudes ( 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14 ) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. In the book of Revelation, don’t take a number literally unless there is a good reason to do so
  11. 13. <ul><li>The description is steeped in Old Testament imagery </li></ul><ul><li>Each of the seven letters will refer to this image (or other imagery from this chapter) </li></ul>The Risen Christ
  12. 14. <ul><li>First and the Last </li></ul><ul><li>Living One </li></ul><ul><li>One who Died and Now Lives </li></ul><ul><li>Holds keys to Death and Hades </li></ul>The Risen Christ
  13. 15. <ul><li>The risen Christ is in the middle of the lampstands </li></ul><ul><li>He holds the stars in His right hand </li></ul>The Risen Christ
  14. 16. <ul><li>Faithfulness is more important than happiness </li></ul><ul><li>When the church faces trials and suffering, Christ is there </li></ul>

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