“And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band“
and in the midst of the seven lampstands
Jesus is personally present among the churches (1:20; 2:5).
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
Jesus cares about churches. He is in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20). He examines them to see if they are shining the light. Churches are supposed to be a testimony to the light. They are not the light, but they witness to the light. The Savior examines the light of the churches to see how bright it shines. If a church does not testify to the light, He will remove the church (2:5).
One like the Son of Man,
Daniel uses this expression in his prophecy (7:13) to refer to the Messiah. “Son of Man” depicts His humanity. It was His humanity that died upon the cross. His deity could not die. The second person of the Trinity died on the cross in a human body.
John writes the Book of Revelation about 65 years after Jesus died. He is now functioning as great High Priest ever living to make intercession for us.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” (Hebrews 4:14).
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
clothed with a garment down to the feet
The picture is of a priest in the Old Testament dressed in a long robe.
and girded about the chest with a golden band
This “golden band” was probably a golden sash like the breastplate of the High Priest of the Old Testament.
Revelation no longer depicts Jesus as a criminal on the cross but as the glorious Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God interceding for the saints.
Jesus removes churches that do not shine the light of His glory.
Jesus will snuff out the light of the church that does not shine His glory. Jesus will remove its testimony completely. Eventually, all these seven churches lost their testimony. That area of the world became Muslim. Jesus completely removed their testimony.
Paul never ministered in any city longer than the city of Ephesus (three years). Today there is little testimony left there. Many churches in North America no longer have a testimony. Their churches stand as empty shells of what they once were.
If the Lord Jesus were to come to your church to examine its effectiveness in shining the light of Jesus, how would He evaluate your church? Is your church effective in reaching people for Christ? Are the Christians in your church reflecting the glory of Christ?
If your church does not measure up to Jesus’ standards, He will eventually remove your church from His plan.