160508 Revelation 22:12-17, 20

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Text: Revelation 22:12-17, 20

Theme: How Thirsty Are You?

I would like you to think back to a time when you were really, really thirsty. Maybe you had just competed in a sporting event, and you couldn't wait to have a drink of something to quench your thirst. Maybe you had been working hard out in the yard on a hot and steamy day, and you couldn't wait to quench your thirst with a nice tall glass of ice, cold water.

In God's Word before us today in Revelation chapter 22, we hear our Savior talking about water. But the water the Savior is offering to you and me is not the same as the water that comes out of our faucets at home. No, Jesus says in the words of our Second Lesson, "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." This is the same water spoken of in Isaiah 55, where we read in the opening verse, "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost." It is the same water Jesus talked about with the Samaritan woman at the well when he told her, "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." So, as we focus on the water of life offered by our living and ascended Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, a question for you and me to answer today is: HOW THIRSTY ARE YOU?

Those who run in a marathon race look forward to reaching those points in the race where people are waiting for them, to hand them a cool drink of water. As we begin our look at the verses from Revelation chapter 22 before us today, we do well to remember who it is that is giving us this water of life to drink. We read this, ''Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." This past Thursday we celebrated the ascension of our living Lord and Savior. 40 days after his glorious resurrection, Jesus Christ ascended to the glory of heaven. Jesus, the living one, the one who was, who is and who always will be, is the one who is offering you and me the water of life to quench our spiritual thirst.

During his chapel service this past Friday, Pastor Pagels reminded the students of our Lutheran Elementary School that what goes up, must come down. It is our ascended Lord who makes a promise that one day he will come down from heaven. He will come back. Why? He tells us, "My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." This one sentence brings both fear and comfort to hearts. Those who think that they can live any way they want to while on this earth, those who think they are able to live their lives without the Savior, will receive the reward of eternal life in the fires of hell. But those who live their God-given faith, those who show that they belong to the Savior by what they say and do throughout their lives, will enjoy the reward of heaven. The Bible makes it very clear that we are saved only because our hearts have been washed clean through the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we read here in Revelation 22, ''Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city." And those who have had their spiritual thirst quenched by the water of life, those who have had their robes washed in the blood of the Lamb, desire to live for their Savior each moment of each day.

How thirsty are you? A reading such as the one before us from Revelation chapter 22 gives you and me the opportunity to think back on our past relationship with the Lord of the Church. How often do you come into God's house? How many times have you come to the Lord's Table to receive the personal guarantee of the forgiveness of all of your sins through the body and blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ? Today, our nation celebrates Mother's Day. So, I ask you moms and dads: how have you encouraged your children to stay close to their Savior? Have you insisted that they come along with you to worship? Have you set an example for them of what it means to come and drink from the water of life in regular attendance in worship or Bible Study?

How thirsty are you? A few moments ago, each and every one of us here today confessed just how thirsty we are, as we confessed our sins together. And do you remember the Good News that you and I heard after that confession? The Good News is that your thirst and mine for the forgiveness of all our sins has been quenched through the blood of our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ. We read this wonderful Good News from God's Word before us in Revelation chapter 22, "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." For those times when you and I do give into temptations and we fall into sin, you and I are able to return to our Savior with a humble and repentant heart. As we do, you and I hear the Good News that Jesus won the forgiveness of all of our sins. Forgiveness of all our sins is the Savior-God's free gift to you and me. Day after day, sin after sin, we are able to return to the well of our Savior's love and forgiveness and quench our thirst with his water of life.

How thirsty are you? It is in response to this wonderful love of our Savior-God, and the free gift of the forgiveness of all of our sins, that you and I look for opportunities to live for him who saved us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, you and I turn away from temptation and sin. By the power of God's Word, you and I live a life rejoicing in the Good News that our Savior defeated sin, death and the devil through his perfect life, his innocent suffering and death and his glorious resurrection. It is in response to the love of our Savior-God that you and I desire to stay close to him. So we gladly attend worship services as often as possible. You and I look forward to the opportunities we have to study his Word here at church and privately in our own homes.

How thirsty are you? In the second to last verse of the book of Revelation, in the second to last verse of the entire Bible, we read, "He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.'" Our loving Savior makes you and me the promise that what goes up must come down. One day he will return in all his glory to take you and me to be at his side forever in heaven. When our Savior does return, the promise you and I have is that we will drink from the water of life forever and ever. As you and I look forward to that day, with joy in our hearts we say, "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." Amen.


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