Wednesday, September 16

Come!

Scripture: Ezekiel 42-44, Revelation 22

Revelation 22:17  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.

Observation

Near the end of John’s revelation we find this beautiful invitation: come!  Some scholars believe it is a prayer for Jesus to come again—that could be so, and the church through the centuries has prayed that and we join them.  Come Lord Jesus!

But most scholars take it as an invitation to unbelievers to come to Jesus.  Anyone who is thirsty, anyone who desires life, come!  Come drink freely!  This echoes the words of Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:1 “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!”  

Jesus is offering eternal life as a free gift: come!  Drink!  Live!  This echoes the words of Jesus:

John 4:13–14 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Jesus is offering the water of life, eternal life, as a free gift.  Come!

The invitation comes from “the Spirit and the bride.”  These two speak with one voice—the bride (the church) speaks what the Spirit is saying.  The Spirit is at work in people, drawing them to Jesus, wooing them, inviting them: “Come!”  We add our invitation to what the Spirit is already saying and doing: “Come!”  Every invitation to Jesus is joining the Spirit in what He’s already doing.

Application

Be an inviter and includer!  Trust that God is working in people and invite them.  Are you thirsty?  Come.  Do you desire life to the full?  Come.  Come to Jesus.  

This may express itself practically as an invitation to come to church, to join you for Bible study; but ultimately to pray with you (specifically to come to Jesus).  

Ask people to come to Jesus!  The Spirit is already working ahead of you!

Prayer: Lord, remind me with each person I meet that they are thirsty for You, that the Spirit is already working and wooing.  Then give me the courage and desire to simply invite: come!