Strategic Location, Opportunity

Colossae was strategically located along a trade route that led east to west from the Euphrates Valley to the city of Ephesus and the Aegean Sea. The church located there would have had the opportunity to exert a great influence over the traveling merchantmen engaging them to help spread the gospel message.

Did they utilize their location and material wealth to do so?

Were they overtaken by the angel worship that had deceived many in the surrounding areas?

Did they fulfill their ministry?

Many questions remain.

Those few that survived after the great earthquake occupied a small village and continued there until another earthquake destroyed the area. Hopefully, their godly influence remained long after the demise of their great city.

Where has God strategically placed you?

Are you utilizing that placement to help spread the gospel message?

Are you fulfilling the ministry to which you are called?

What influence will remain after you leave this world?

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A Devastating Event

Devastating Earthquake Recorded

The Roman senator and historian, Tacitus, kept a journal of events that happened in the Roman Empire during his time. This journal called The Annals has been translated by Alfred Church and William Bradribb and gives us insight and a valuable timeline as to the happenings in the empire during the reign of several emperors.

Of particular interest to us, Book XIV of The Annals has an important statement concerning the area surrounding Colosse and Laodicea.

“One of the famous cities of Asia, Laodicea, was that same year overthrown by a earthquake, and, without any relief from us, recovered itself by its own resources.”

This earthquake happened sometime between AD 60 and AD 62 during the reign of Nero. The tri-city area of Colosse, Laodicea, and Hierapolis was devastated. Laodicea and Hierapolis managed to recover from the ruins.

However, Colosse lay in ruins and was never able to restore itself. Today, those ruins lie somewhere beneath the sod. Only a mound remains to remind us of its existence.

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