ONE STANDING AMONG THE LAMP-STANDS
Rev. 1:12-13 ¶ Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands; and in the middle of the lamp-stands 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.
What a shock that must have been, John was walking on the beach in Patmos, and the next thing he knew, He was face to face with the Lord. Jesus was walking among seven lamp-stands, a picture of His church. The church is intended to be the light of the world. We are to shine with the glory of God to our dark, sin engrossed, world. WHEN THAT STOPS, HE REMOVES THE LAMP-STAND. Our whole purpose as a church is to show forth the glory of His presence to the broken, lonely, and hurting of this world. When that stops, our reason to exist is gone. That was the point of the message Jesus declared in this vision. “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lamp-stand out of its place — unless you repent.” The Lord was giving this message to His church to wake her from her slumber and return to her first love.
THERE MUST BE OIL IN OUR LAMPS FOR THEM TO BURN AND SHINE. This oil is the anointing of His Spirit. This oil in our lamps is mandatory for us to shine as lights in the middle of darkness. Charles Spurgeon spoke of these lamps and oil, check this out.
“The oil of gospel grace is pure and free from lees and dregs, and hence the light which is fed thereon is clear and bright. Our churches are the Savior’s golden candelabra, and if they are to be lights in this dark world, they must have much holy oil. Let us pray for ourselves, our ministers, and our churches, that they may never lack oil for the light. Truth, holiness, joy, knowledge, love, these are all beams of the sacred light, but we cannot give them forth unless in private we receive oil from God the Holy Ghost.”
This message that Jesus brought to John and Spurgeon echoed in London is relevant especially today in our modern church world. We have become experts in everything. We have trained staffs, certified counselors, slick presentations, orchestrated services, talented, professional singers and musicians; yep we have it all figured out. There is only one problem, many of our lamps have gone out. Many have left their first love. The lamp-stands are in jeopardy of being removed. Excellency of ministry and “good teaching” is not able to shine in the darkness. We need oil in our lamps. We need pastors and churches who are not afraid or ashamed of the “oil”. Jesus is standing in the midst of His lamp-stands, I wonder what His message is today?