If we could go to a coffee shop, sit down opposite Jesus, look him in the eye and ask him "Jesus, what do you think about what's going on in the Church today ... what do you think about what's going on in Christian's lives today ... if you could say anything to the Church, anything about the lives of Christians, what would you say?"
Well - we don't have to wonder too much because the message he shared with the 1st century church is the same message for the 21st century church.
When we open up Revelation we read the letters, the messages, he sent through the apostle John to seven churches. The church at Smyrna was a suffering church and Jesus says - “look up and look ahead”. Revelation 2 says – “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer … be faithful … and I will give you the crown of life.”