A River of Life!
John 7:38 “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.”
Recently I’ve been reading the book of Ezekiel. This morning I found I had arrived at chapter 47. (If you get a chance, read Ezekiel 47:1-12)
As I started reading, my heart started to beat a little faster at the very powerful and graphic account Ezekiel gives of his vision. It’s edge of your seat stuff!
Ezekiel describes seeing, in his vision, a trickle of water coming from under the door of the temple, flowing across the court and under the main outer wall. As the stream headed east, it quickly grew wider and deeper until it rapidly became a wide river.
There’s a vast and dense population of lush, fruit bearing trees growing along the banks of the river.
This river was flowing towards the Dead Sea, and in its path, everywhere it went, it brought life into previously dead places; stagnant waters started to teem with life, such as fish!
The trees that grew on the banks of this amazing river, provided a constant supply of food, and their leaves brought healing to the sick.
There are several places in scripture where Living Water is mentioned.
Jesus spoke of it in his conversation with the woman at the well. John 4:13-14: “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
And to think Ezekiel actually saw the river in action. What a powerful vision!
Psalm 46:4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God the holy habitation of the Most High.”
And Psalm 36:8 “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.”
And it’s spoken of in Revelation, where John describes a vision as wonderful as Ezekiel’s!
Revelation 22:1-2 “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. 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.”
The wonderful and incredible thing is, we don’t have to wait until some day in the future to see this River of Life at work. And it’s not just some hard to understand ‘thread’ running through the Bible.
That very same River of Life flows through every single follower of Jesus, today.
In John 7:38 Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Jesus invites all who are thirsty to come to Him and be refreshed. He IS the Living Water. The supply is never ending – it will never run dry.
But there’s a second, vitally important part to this. We also have a mandate to allow Him to flow through us and refresh others, everywhere we go, like the river in Ezekiel’s vision; bringing life hope, healing and refreshing to our parched world.
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