LAST COMMAND . . . FIRST COMFORT!

Grace For The Journey

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23feb  Do you know the last command in the Bible? It is found, as you might expect, in the last book of the Bible.  In Revelation 22:17, the Bible says, “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.”

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 Great and 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.

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. We dare not to seek to quench your thirst with anything other 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 everyone who thirst to come get our fill from the Fount of every blessing. Do you thirst . . .

  • For truth? Drink in the Scriptures!
  • For peace? Drink from the Prince of Peace!
  • For a forgiving heart? Drink from the Fount of Forgiveness!
  • For unconditional love for others? Drink from the Well of Limitless Love!

Only Jesus can satisfy 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 …

  • Regretted choices,
  • Ruined relationships,
  • Shattered dreams, and
  • Separation from God.

Well, this glorious invitation to drink in the water of life comes without cost!  That means two things:

1) There is nothing you will regret when you come to Jesus.  He will cleanse you … He will free you … He will give you full and abundant life … He alone can satisfy.

2) 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 sinner – Come!  Come and drink!  Come and drink freely and fully! … Thirsty Christian . . . Come! Come and drink! Come and drink freely and fully!

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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