The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!"
By Thomas R. Dohling
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
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Jesus stated His Being and inherent authority in verses 12-13 and 16. He is the Supreme One, especially to His church or assembly of followers, those devoted to Him. It is through His people that He appeals to those who are spiritually thirsting. The invitation to “take the water of life freely” is for “whoever desires.” There has to be a thirsting and a desiring for things spiritual. Without a hungering, thirsting and desiring, one could never be satisfied. The deep emptiness people experience in spite of great worldly possession arises from being spiritually dry and barren.
Jesus is one with His bride, the church. He is the Spirit inherent in His bride. He carries out His purpose in the world through the church, His physical representative on earth, to reach out to the lost and spiritually thirsting souls with the invitation, “COME!”
The Father has been merciful. He has poured out His love on humanity, and He joins in imploring lost humanity to look to the cross where Jesus, His only begotten died, having become the sacrificial Lamb that takes away the sins of the world.
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Life is very short. It is gone before we even realize. Are you coming to Jesus? Will you heed His and the church’s invitation to “Come”? There is much to gain in being reconciled to and united with the One Who is Eternal. It is an assurance of our eternal being. So, come and “take the water of life freely.” To GOD be the glory now and always, in Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen.