I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. (Rev. 17:6)
Shortly after our daughter got her driver’s license, she called me in tears. She had accidentally left her lights on during the school day, and now her car battery was dead. I drove to her school and tried, without success, to jump-start her car. I called for roadside service and a technician came in a van. To my surprise, he did not attach jumper cables to his van’s engine, but to a box in his cargo area.
Immediately, my daughter’s car came to life. I asked the technician, “What was I doing wrong?” He replied, “Nothing. It’s just your car only has one battery. The setup in my van has four batteries linked together.” He succeeded where I failed; he had more power at his disposal.
In Revelation, John wrote to churches who felt powerless in the face of persecution. They personally knew, or at least knew of, people who had lost their lives for their faith. Revelation 17 indicates that the “woman” would get drunk on martyrs’ blood. The power of persecution and the threat of violence loomed large over John’s readers.
When the stakes are high, remember John’s words: “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Keep true to your testimony; his power is exponentially greater than any other.
Whatever the cost, choose to proclaim the story of Jesus.
Steve Norman is a Wesleyan pastor, speaker, and author. He lives in West Michigan and serves the Great Lakes region.
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