Revelation 22 describes life. There are 12 pictures to help us identify life. There is the river of life, the tree of life, the faces of life, the light of life, the faithful sayings of life, we are to worship the God of life, the prophecy of life, the Alpha and Omega of life, the commandments of life, we are to come to life, and the Lord Jesus is life.
These pictures describe our eternal home. God gives the readers one last chance to get saved. He warns not to add or take away from the “…prophecy of this book…”
The Alpha and Omega of life (22:12-13)
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Jesus is coming to judge mankind and reward them for their work. Unbelievers will be judged and rewarded by being cast into the lake of fire. Believers will be rewarded with being in God’s presence for all eternity.
The commandments of life (22:14-15)
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Another reference to obedience to God’s word. When we obey God’s word, we will trust Christ by grace through faith for salvation. We will obey God’s word out of love, not compulsion. Obedience equals life.
Come to life (22:16-17)
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
One last opportunity to come to salvation through Jesus payment for our sin debt. The Spirit of God and the bride, the church age believers, say come. It is open to all that hear and are thirsty. Then it is open to everyone.
Have you chosen to follow Jesus? If not, why not?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001