Reading: Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Today’s reading comes from the last chapter of the last book of the Bible. To me it is full of hope and promise; it is the ‘why’ to living as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. At the very beginning, in Genesis 1, there is the same sense of hope and promise as God creates the world and all that is in it. God created in perfection, with each act being deemed ‘good’. To me this not only speaks of God’s desire for His children to find joy, peace, contentment, and love in this life but also of His ultimate promise of what will once again be. In this we find our hope. In the closing words of the Bible, we are invited to return to and to participate in the return of Jesus, to enter the new paradise that will come with His return.
Jesus identifies Himself in today’s text as the beginning and the end. He was there at the start of creation and will be there again when all is restored and made new. Sometimes though, we look at the blip of almost 30 years as Jesus’ only time here between the first and last of times. But in reality He is always present here on earth. Through the actions of the Holy Spirit and through the lives of His followers, Jesus is a constant presence here in our world. The invitation to ‘Come!’ is one we as His disciples need to continue to call out to all who are thirsty and in need of the free gift that Jesus Christ offers.
This free gift that comes through faith in Jesus is the first step to living into the joy, peace, contentment, and love that God desires each of us to find. Through the blood that He shed on the cross we can find grace and mercy to lay our sins and burdens down so that forgiveness washes them away and restores us to a right relationship with God. This allows us each day to be clean and pure and Holy. This allows us to face the temptations and struggles of life knowing that every day Jesus continues to say, ‘Come!’ As we live in this reality and hear this call every day, may we too call out to others, inviting them to ‘Come!’ and to know Jesus.