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Flowing Water Life (Revelation 22.1)

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city." (Revelation 22.1)✞

Produces Healing Leaves

Tree of Life Produces Healing LeavesThe flowing water of life was and is today a symbol of eternity. Jesus used this same image in John 4.14 in saying to the Samaritan Woman, "but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." Jesus offers fullness of life with God to us today and enables a person to completely satisfy his or her spiritual thirst.✞

From the Throne of God

Water on a LeafWhy would the nations need to be healed if all evil is gone? John is alluding to Ezekiel 47.12 where, "fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing." The water is for "the healing of the nations," and the water of life from Jerusalem's City Temple produces trees with healing leaves where "Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing"

Flowing Healing Waters

Flowing WaterJohn of Patmos is emphasizing here that the flowing water produces health and strength wherever it goes. Those who wash their robes are those who seek to purify themselves from a sinful way of life. This image is used again in Revelation as Christ invites anyone to come and drink of "the Water of Life." Salvation cannot be earned, but God gives it freely. We live in a world desperately thirsty for living water, and many are dying of thirst. Let us invite everyone to come and drink of the water of life.

"Flowing Water Life"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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