After the proclamation goes out for the arrival of New Jerusalem city, God himself adds to the announcement:
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.”
The apostle John has just witnessed this magnificent city’s inauguration event. Imagine how overwhelmed John must have felt in that moment. So much to see and take in. For me, I’m sure it would have been a sensory overload. And then…God turns and speaks directly to John…while that alone would have me quaking, look at what God says:
He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
The culmination of human history is at hand. John is witnessing all of it, and God rightfully declaring Himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the A-to-Z. From Eternity Past, His plan…which began with the Genesis creation has now come to an end…and His path forward will now lead into Eternity Future.
It’s what God states in the next sentence that is really quite striking:
I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life.
Free? No cost? If I’m thirsty for life…real life, as we were created to be…then the God of the universe will simply give it to me?
Most certainly, YES! To start a new relationship with God, to become a new creation, all that is “required” is the acceptance of God’s gift…to accept Jesus’ offer of Eternal Life, which He alone can give because He made the substitute payment for our sins.
No need fix ourselves, no need to prove ourselves worthy (either before OR after accepting the gift), no striving required, no strings attached…this gift is freely given.
Jesus had previously spoken about the water of life, and He also spoke of it in terms of a gift:
But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.
Lest we think that this water is only for a select group of people, one of the last proclamations in the book of Revelation declares:
…Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who desires take the water of life freely.
No strings attached. No restrictions. All who are thirsty are welcome, and they will be satisfied.
Have you accepted God’s invitation?