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Flowing Water Life
(Revelation 22.1)
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"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)

Produced Healing Leaves

Healing LeavesThe flowing water of life was a symbol of eternity. Jesus used this image in John 4.14 when he said to the Samaritan Woman, "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 today offers to us fullness of life with God and enables our spiritual thirst to be completely satisfied.

Throne of God

Water on a LeafWhy would the nations in Revelation need to be healed if all evil in heaven is gone? John of Patmos was here alluding to Ezekiel 47.12 where the prophet wrote, "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 fruit was for "for food," and the water of life from the Jerusalem Temple produced trees with healing leaves. "Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing."

Flowing Healing Waters

Flowing WaterJohn of Patmos was emphasizing here that the flowing water produced health and strength wherever it went. Those who washed their robes were those who sought to purify themselves from a sinful way of life. This image was used again in Revelation when Christ invited 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 spiritual "water of life."✞

"Flowing Water Life"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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