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Day 5: Our Real Paradise

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Revelations 22:1-17

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 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who keep the words of the prophecy in this scroll.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let those who do wrong continue to do wrong; let those who are vile continue to be vile; let those who do right continue to do right; and let those who are holy continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “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. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let those who hear say, “Come!” Let those who are thirsty come; and let all who wish take the free gift of the water of life.

Reflection:

In this passage we are able to catch a glimpse of the joy, wonder and amazement that we will share in together as we live in God’s city with Him. There are no adequate words to express the beauty we will be in – in the absolute presence of the Light of the world. Not only serving Him, but we will also have the deep intimacy of truly and completely being with Him, seeing Him face to face, reigning with Him there for ever and ever. This is the reward that awaits each one of His children.

Responding to the Transmission:

Although, this is not our full reality today, we are called to “Come!”and fully participate  in this awesome gift of life Jesus has for us now. The river of life has begun! Let’s pray and ask for the Spirit’s guidance and power to live the whole of our lives faithfully obeying God’s Word and that we would drink deeply of His living waters. Let’s also spend some time praying for the people in our missional groups and fellowships and for  those around us, that they would believe in the Lord and experience the blessing and reward of Him and His living water in real life changing ways.


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