May 31

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.” vs. 17

At the heart of the book of Revelation, mysterious and obscure as it may be, there is a strong and consistent emphasis on grace. Christ Jesus freely offers the water of life to everyone who is thirsty and it’s a total gift. There’s nothing to earn, no minimum requirements…all that is required is a desire for something more, a yearning for a quality of life that is ever so elusive. Of course John does have some things to say about those who don’t come, those who don’t respond to the invitation. He believes that they will be shut out, that the pearly gates will be closed to them. In essence he’s saying that when hungry people get an invite to a meal, they need to show up…the food isn’t going to come to them. And of course that’s true. But the book of Revelation is plain in saying that it’s not that simple. Because it’s not just up to us to come to Jesus…John promises that Christ comes to us. Many of us pray that prayer regularly, “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest!” And every day Christ comes to us, not just at mealtime in response to our invitation, but wherever and whenever we need a drink of the water of life. He never lets us down.

Thought for the Day: What is a “come to Jesus” moment?

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