Regularly our pastor will share a sermon, reflections on religion, or what’s going on around the community and the world. His current message is below:
The Water of Life
From Pastor Nathan Cole
June 13, 2022
“And the spirit and the bride say, Come; and let him who hears say, Come; and let him who thirsts come; and he who wills, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
The beautiful image of a river of the water of life freely available is one of the closing lines of the book of Revelation and the whole Sacred Scripture. The chapter also begins with the river of the water of life flowing out from the throne, through the Holy City and watering the Tree of Life which perpetually bears fruits of eternal life.
These are images of what heaven is like. They are visual and tangible expressions of receiving eternal life and happiness. In the time of Jesus, an eternal source of just clean water would be a blessing. A Samaritan woman was thrilled at the prospect of not needing to draw water from the well every day, when Jesus told her “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst to eternity, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life.”
She did not understand that there was a spiritual reality that was both present and more important than her daily need for water. So Jesus was encouraging her to start thinking more spiritually, that He was the source of something greater. Revelation 21:6 again emphasizes Jesus as the source of living water: “I will give to him who thirsts of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
This is an important message because of what water represents. Water corresponds to truth, and the Lord is the Word, the Truth. The important lesson is that the truth is the way the Lord conveys eternal life to us. A parallel to the image of the Holy City in Revelation is found in the prophecies of Ezekiel. He saw a vision of a river coming out from the temple. This river then flows out into the land and “the water went out toward the east boundary, and go down upon the desert, and come toward the sea; to the sea they are brought out, and the waters shall be healed. And it shall be, that every soul that is alive, which crawls, whithersoever the brooks shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very many fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the brook comes.” (Ezekiel 47:8-9)
We can get the idea that the truth of the Lord flowing into our lives heals us by showing us what evils will prevent us from reaching heaven and teaches us the tools to remove and defeat them. Some Christians think that because the Lord loves us, then we are given grace to enter heaven apart from any need to prepare ourselves for heaven. The reality is that the Lord’s grace is communicated to us in His truth and His presence in the Word to teach and regenerate us.
The divine mercy is pure mercy towards the whole human race, to save it; and it is also unceasing towards every man, and is never withdrawn from any one; so that everyone is saved who can be saved. And yet no one can be saved except by Divine means, which means the Lord reveals in the Word. The Divine means are what are called Divine truths, which teach how man must live in order to be saved. By these truths the Lord leads man to heaven, and by them He implants in man the life of heaven. (Heaven and Hell 522)
The Lord’s Word or Truth is the Water of Life that heals and feeds all who are being prepared for heaven and all who live there.
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. Psalm 46:4-5