The Apostle John was in exile on the island of Patmos because of his faith and his witnessing to Jesus Christ. He writes a letter to the churches that we now call the Book of Revelation. He begins by writing, “I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus…”(1:9) He, as Paul and many others then and now, was suffering because of his faith in Christ. Suffering is a common lot in this broken and sin-filled world, but look at what he is saying. “I, John, your brother…” We endure many pains in this life, but we do not do it alone. We are part of a body. We are brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Then he states two other pillars to this truth. We also share the Kingdom. That is, the truth of the love, care, and presence of the Living Lord with us now and always. In this we have patient endurance because our hope is set firmly in Jesus. We have no answers to the many “why” question of life, but we have a support, a strength, and a hope that goes far beyond all of our questions.