Wrapped up my reading plan for the year. And as I close the year, on the eve of the celebration of the birth of the Christ, I’m thinking about a river. The river of the water of life (Rev. 22:1-2). Bright as crystal. Flowing freely and abundantly. Running unrestricted through the middle of the street of the New Jerusalem. A river that brings life and brings healing.
A river flowed through Eden when the earth was created (Gen. 2:10). And a river will flow through the city of God when all things are re-created.
And it is a river available to all who need a drink of water.
And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Revelation 22:17 ESV)
Water . . . offered to all who are thirsty . . . offered without cost. And all that’s required is that we come.
Come and receive water that can make people dead in trespass and sin alive to the things of righteousness and holiness. Come and receive water that can take a dry and barren existence and turn it into a purposeful and fruitful life. Come and receive water sufficient to bring strength through the weariness brought on by testing and trial. It is life giving water. It is available water. And it is water without cost.
But what’s particularly grabbed my attention this morning is the source of this life-giving flow. It springs not from a deep underground well. Nor is it the accumulative offering of snow packed mountain tops. But it is sourced “from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (22:1).
This water flows from the seat of God’s sovereign determination over all things. And this water is able to meet every need because of the Lamb.
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
~ John the Baptist (John 1:29 ESV)
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
~ All of Heaven (Revelation 5:12 ESV)
The Lamb has come. He is the one proclaimed by angels to shepherds in the field. He is Immanuel, God with us. The One born to die, that He might be the Savior for all who believe.
And by His death on a cross He removed once for all the dam of sin and transgression so that nothing might stem the flow of heaven’s river. As such, He is the fountain of life giving water for all who are thirsty, for all who will come.
And this Lamb is coming again. And the life giving flow we receive through faith today we will one day, perhaps one day soon, realize face to face.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Until then, the river flows . . . and the water is abundant . . . and His grace is sufficient to satisfy every thirst.
To Him be all glory!