We saw last week that these great "church chapters" - chapters two and three of Revelation - are introduced with a picture of Jesus Christ walking among the "lampstands," which represent the presence of the church in this world. The message is immediately apparent: These churches are meant to cast light into the darkness of this troubled, soon to be judged world. We have nothing else to do but walk in the light and shine the light of Jesus to the lost and dying.
Here's what you have in chapters two and three of Revelation: Sixty years after the birth of the Church, Jesus is walking among His lampstands - these local congregations. And the burden of His heart is that most of these churches aren't giving much light. Five out of the seven churches are not capable of doing what they were created to do. They don't shine. They're not radiating anything of the truth and love and light of Jesus Christ.
I see Jesus confronting three spiritual life destroyers in His Church. We're looking at these, not for the purpose of historical interest, but because these same terminal viruses effect the church in all ages. These seven local churches Jesus speaks to in Revelation 2 and 3 are only examples of what Jesus wants to do in any church - in our church.