June 08, 2023 – Thursday
Revelation 21:6 NIV
6 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 water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
Yesterday we looked at Revelation 1:8, 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” where Jesus revealed Himself. He stated, He is, He was, and He is to come! And He is the Almighty with the meaning of unrestricted power exercising absolute dominion. That is Who our Lord and Savior is.
Today we have something a bit different, especially if we look at it in context. Here we have Revelation 21:6, 6 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 water without cost from the spring of the water of life. And preceding this, the Father speaks, 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” John must have been so astounded and overcome with wonder and astonishment that he had forgotten he was supposed to be writing all this down.
Looking at verse six, we see something new after all has been done (there is only one more chapter in Revelation, the last book of the Bible), Jesus will give water to the thirsty without cost. Just as Grace was free, so will be the water from the spring of the water of life. Many of us think of water as free, but it is not. Look at all the great cities in the world today; almost without exception they are close to a fresh water supply. If you rent you may think your water is free, but it is not. It is included in the rent. Most homeowners, if they have a connection to city water, pay a monthly bill for the water dependent on their water usage. If you have a well, you have to maintain a pump and likely have a water softener – especially in Ohio – if you don’t want your whites in the wash to end up with an iron hue.
But the water Jesus is offering is no ordinary water, it is the water of life. This is important as verse one of this chapter tells us, 1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. There are no seas on the new earth! But we have the water of life freely given. Spurgeon writes, What does a thirsty man do to get rid of his thirst? He drinks. Perhaps there is no better representation of faith in all the Word of God than that. To drink is to receive-to take in the refreshing draught-and that is all. A man’s face may be unwashed, but yet he can drink; he may be a very unworthy character, but yet a draught of water will remove his thirst. Drinking is such a remarkably easy thing, it is even more simple than eating. It is because of our faith that this water is made freely available as we read in verse 7, 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Heaven on the new earth.
But what about the others? Jesus tells us verse 8, 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Today, our culture wants us to be silent on this, but scripture tells us otherwise. Afterall, none of us were without sin before we were saved. The only thing that separates us from all of those in verse 8, is that we have accepted the free gift of Grace. We admitted we were sinners, believe that Jesus died for our sin and rose on the third day, and we call upon Him as our Lord and Savior. So simple when we recognize our need for forgiveness before a holy and righteous God. Not so for those who are so prideful and stiffnecked that they cannot humble themselves to do so.
Bottom Line: The end will come. There will be a new heaven and earth. There will be eternal life through the gift of the water of life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that we can look forward to a life in the new heaven and the new earth. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton