Two Letters?

Did you know that Colosse, Hierapolis, and Laodicea were a tri-city area?

Did you also know that Paul’s epistle to the Colossians was also written to the Laodiceans? In fact, Paul wrote another letter to the Laodiceans that was to be shared with the Colossians.

Oh, a mystery letter! Yes, it may be a mystery to us; but what is important is the messages we do have.

Revelation 3 gives us insight as to the condition of the churches in this area at the end of the first century. Do you see any similarities to the church today?

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Backpacking to Colosse

Sheep following shepherd
Sheep following shepherd

Let’s grab our backpacks and hike to Colosse. That way, hopefully, we can see some of those black sheep grazing on the hillsides and, possibly, get a glimpse of the shepherds as they tend their flocks.

It’s a long dusty road, but we can’t wait to see famous Colosse. Since it was such a successful economic center, it must have one of those nice high-rise hotels so we can rest our feet for a day and view the city from an upper balcony. Yes, and let’s go shopping and get some souvenirs to take home with us.

But something’s the matter. What is it?

The maps says Colosse was right here, but where is it? I don’t see any city.

Maybe it’s just over that rise and we can’t see it. Let’s climb that mound and then we’ll find it.

Look at the map again. Did we take a wrong turn?

No, we’re at the right place. My calculations show that we are standing right on top of Colosse.

What? Standing on top of it? You mean it’s under our feet?

Yes, this mound is all that is left of Colosse. No big city, no high-rise hotels, no large banks, no merchants’ stalls.

What happened? It was such a prosperous city. Are you telling me that now all that is left of Colosse is this mound of dirt? We must find out what happened to the city.

Yes, we must; and what happened to the people who lived there, especially the church.

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