TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11
While the church at Smyrna was being buffeted on all sides -- by Satan, by the pagan Romans, and by the religious Jews -- it would have been easy for them to feel as though they were all alone in their tribulation. That is why Jesus says, "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan." Jesus is not just talking about knowing something in an informational way. He knows what they are going through by experience. One of the best things that can happen to you when you are going through a hard time is to be comforted by someone who has experienced the same thing. They truly know how you feel and they are able to encourage you in a way that others cannot.