17 September 2016
Reading: Ezekiel 42-44; Revelation 22
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22:17 NLT)
These final words in John’s Revelation, words that became the last words in the Bible, are an open call to anyone who hears to come to the living water and the life of God. It’s a call for anyone who is thirsty for the water of life to come to the source of life and drink deeply. The twenty-two chapters of John’s Revelation contain some terrible word-pictures of suffering and judgment, but the message of his Revelation from beginning to end is about life offered freely, received willingly, and enjoyed eternally!
Jesus himself said in another place—his words captured by John, the same John who wrote this Revelation—“If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10 NLT). The Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit, says “Come and drink of the Water of Life and live forever.” The Bride, the Church of Jesus, says, “Come and drink of the Water of Life!”
Religion is primarily concerned with who is worthy and who is not, who is acceptable and who is not, who is in and who is out. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bride of Christ are more concerned with who is thirsty for living water and everlasting life!
We must never forget that the message is “Come and find life in Christ!” We have heard the message, and whoever hears is to echo, “Come!” It’s our privilege and responsibility to spread the news of living water, freely available, to thirsty souls. How are we doing with that?
Father, Please help me, help us, to keep the real message clear in our minds and diligent in our practice. Let us echo your message to the thirsty, “Come! Come and drink freely of the Water of Life and live!” and 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT). Amen!