Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message from the One who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive: Revelation 2:8 NLT
Smyrna means Sweet Smelling Incense. It was located about 35-40 miles north of Ephesus. It is known today as Izmir, Turkey. Like Ephesus, it was located on the Aegean Sea. It was a beautiful city known as the flower of Asia. Smyrna was a great trade city, had political and religious status as well as cultural standing. It is thought that Homer was born there. It was well known for its science and medicine. The city was located on a small peninsula which gave it a safe and convenient harbor for shipping. Smyrna was a loyal city to Rome even before Rome came into power. Smyrna was the first city to build a temple to Roma.
Jesus knows the end from the beginning. He is there for you from your beginning to your end and everything else between. He will always be with you.
Jesus says He died and came to life again. We don’t have to be afraid of the difficulties of life. He experienced the worst that life can bring. He died but is now alive. No matter what we will go through He can help because He has already gone through it. He understands and knows what we are going through.