BCL Grow: Bright as Crystal — Revelation 22:1-3
Revelation 22:1-3 (Redemption)
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. — Revelation 22:1-3
“The key to understanding John’s point in this water imagery lies in what he says about its Source. The water flows from the throne of God and the Lamb. In the same way the waters flows from the temple in Ezekiel 40-48, we now see that the resurrected temple, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Source of all life.” — Wes D. Van Fleet, Revelation: Worthy is the Lamb! (Teleios Academy), p. 283.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: What does it mean for your life now and forever that Jesus is the eternal source of life?
2. Remember: The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden after their disobedience was actually a divine mercy. If Adam and Eve were now to eat from the tree of life, they would be condemned to live forever in their sinful state. Yet, God had a plan all along. In Jesus, God would finally have a perfectly obedient Son. Jesus’ reward for his obedience would be a kingdom and a people who would reign with him forever.
3. Rest: Because Jesus earned life for all who receive him through faith alone, believers have sure hope that they will one day no longer live in a world under a curse because of human rebellion, but will instead enjoy God in the New Jerusalem where “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal” flows from his throne and worship the Lamb who gave himself for them.
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