Tag: Water of Life
Scripture reading for December 29th: Job 37-39, Psalm 103, Revelation 21
Key Scriptures: Revelation 21:4-8 “”He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And He Who was seated on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.””
Eternal life is a choice made clear throughout Scripture. God clearly spoke from His throne to John about His plans. Those enjoying eternal life would enjoy eternity in His presence. There would be a newness of this full life that would totally eliminate death, suffering, mourning and pain. There would be the water of Life freely available for refreshing and quenching of thirst. John was instructed to “Write this down”! God’s Word is trustworthy and true for all time and eternity. But those who persisted in their sins: murderers, liars, sorcerers, sexually immoral and idolaters; their eternal lot would be the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. No thirst would be quenched there for ever and ever. The choice is laid out. Now we choose!
Psalm 103:1-4 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, . . .”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, my “River of Life”, I choose life eternal and abundant! I will proclaim all Your benefits to those lost and in the darkness of sin. Fill me with Your love and mercy and power to witness afresh today.
Job 37:5 “God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend.”
Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22:1-21
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:1-4)
As this magnificent vision came to a climax, John again viewed the throne of God, this time in its setting of the New Jerusalem. Here the throne had a river flowing from it, coming down the main street. Along its banks stood the tree of Life, bearing fruit each month. All His servants would serve God and have access to the water and tree of Life! They would see God’s face and reign with Him forever and ever!
“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7) John was informed of the truth of these words and reminded of the urgency of the message of the book he has written down. As the promise of blessing was given to those who would read and obey in the beginning, it is now repeated as the vision ended. (Revelation 1:3)
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:12-15) Jesus Christ is coming soon! This is repeated three times! Some would enjoy blessing and reward, others would be left outside. Will you be ready for your part in this abundant life? My prayer is that you can say with John and me: “Amen, Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20b)