The Resurrection by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 26, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that verse 8 starts with the very same address as Ephesus. The only addition is the word kia. “And unto the angel,” and unto the angel of the church unto the messenger, pastor, “the church at Smyrna write: These things saith the first and last, which was dead, and is alive.” We have a lot to do in the text I hope I will make it through.

“These things saith the first and the last,” again in the English sometimes we can miss the meat of what’s being said. Like we know Alpha and Omega is the first and last letters of the Greek but here in the Greek when it says “first and last” the word ‘last’ being used as eschatos from where we get our words for ethological or the end times in theological terms. So it’s a little bit more than just the ‘last’, “which was dead,” really literally ‘who became dead.’ We know we talked about this in a previous verse. He took on the likeness of flesh. He also took on death for us. It was not His nature, neither one was His nature. “And is alive.”

And here’s a little original twist of things. There’s no, strangely enough there are no words in here like anastasis, ‘resurrection.’ But this is the closest we come to when He says “was and is alive.” Really what He’s saying was “I became dead and here I am alive,” in the aorist. In other words, this is a message within a message to the church at Smyrna. Listen carefully because we just read through and He says He knows their suffering, He knows their trouble. There’s a message within a message. “Listen to me,” Jesus saying, “I became dead and now I am alive.” Short of saying “I’m the Resurrection, look to me church at Smyrna for comfort. You’re going to make it through your suffering, don’t worry about it. Trust in me, in Jesus and I’m going to see you through.” There’s a message within a message.

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