The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
Oh, what comfort can be found in this final command in sacred Scripture: “COME!” Are you thirsty? “COME” and quench your thirst with the water of life. What great encouragement is in this command from Christ!
And notice the qualifications set forth for those who are to come: Whoever is thirsty! Here we find our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, offering living water to replace the bitter water of our broken lives . . . the bitter water of selfish ambition . . . the bitter water of self-righteousness . . . the bitter water of self-centeredness . . . the bitter water of sin and self-rule.
To be sure, this world offers water that spills out from broken cisterns, but it will never—never—deliver what it promises. We are always left thirstier than when we started and totally unsatisfied. Dare not to slake your thirst with anything smaller than Jesus! Our Lord explained this to the Samaritan woman who had come to fill her water jug from Jacob’s well:
Everyone who drinks [from this well] will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14)
Scripture invites us to drink our fill from the Fount of every blessing to all those who thirst. Do you thirst . . .
ü For truth? Drink in the Scriptures!
ü For peace? Drink from the Prince of Peace!
ü For a forgiving heart? Drink from the Fount of Forgiveness!
ü For unconditional love for others? Drink from the Well of Limitless Love!
Only Jesus can slake your every thirst. Remember, the Bible promises that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6).
One last thought: Do you recall the cost of all the bitter water you sipped on over the years? They were costly, right? You paid in ruined relationships, shattered dreams, and separation from God. Well, this glorious invitation to drink in the water of life comes without cost! There is nothing you must do—nothing you can do—to “earn” the opportunity to drink from the living waters. That cost was borne by Him who paid in full the staggering cost of sin for all those who will simply trust in His atoning work on their behalf.
Thirsty Christian . . . Come! Come and drink! Come and drink freely and fully!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!