In this passage we come to the fifth of the seven letters of the Revelation, perhaps the most sobering of them all. Here we encounter a church that is oblivious to it’s real condition. Yet even as Jesus rebukes them for being asleep and calls them to watchfulness, his words entail hope! It is not yet too late! They can yet wake up. They can repent and remember the gospel they believed and the Spirit whom they received. In returning to Jesus, they will find themselves securely in the grip of the living Christ.