“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation…”Revelation 3:14
In John’s Revelation, Jesus speaks to the seven churches; the seventh being Laodicea. This opening statement is remarkable because the word “Amen,” which Jesus calls himself, can mean “firm faith” or “true.” So it is a word play (or WORD play) that Jesus calls himself faithful and true with a single word, and then calls himself the the faithful and true witness. I take this to mean that whatever is coming next from Jesus is going to be divine truth, even if it stings for a bit.
Jesus tells the people of Laodicea that he wants to puke because they are are neither hot nor cold. It’s like a cup of coffee that has been sitting out for an hour; neither piping hot nor an ice coffee. It is basically room temperature coffee…YUCK! Spit it out.
The people of Laodicea think they have everything they need (Laodicea is a prosperous place), yet they have no idea that they are impoverished in their faith. They don’t even realize that they have forsaken the Lord in their pursuit of self-satisfaction. They seemed to have forgotten that they cannot receive reconciliation with their God through self-sufficiency.
Jesus calls them out; “be zealous and repent” (v. 19). But not before reminding them that he loves them!
My friends, our culture seems to think it can solve just about anything. We have come to rely upon our own rationality, prosperity, and ingenuity to solve our problems, and yet many say that they rely upon the Lord. Jesus says enough is enough! I love you, so now return to the Lord with zeal, and recognize where your hope emanates from: