Come to Jesus for Life

In Revelation 22:1-2 is the “river of water of life” and “on this side and on that side of the river” is “the tree of life.” In John 5:40 Jesus emphasized, “come to Me that you may have life.” He has come to be our life; now we need to come to Him. The key words here and in several prior posts are “Christ” and “life.”

Christ as our life is the focus both in New Jerusalem and on the way now to New Jerusalem. Our need is to come to Christ for life initially and for the supply to grow in life continually. At their initial salvation the Corinthian believers were “enriched in Him, in all utterance and all knowledge” (v. 1:5) yet they were babes in Christ (v. 3:1). Their need was not more knowledge but spiritual milk for growth in life (v. 3:2). Likewise, in John 5:39-40 the Jews were searching the Scriptures. The Lord did not rebuke their searching; rather, He rebuked them for not coupling their searching with coming to Him.

New Jerusalem, as the conclusion of the New Testament, is a city of life with God and Christ on the throne and the Spirit flowing as a river to distribute Christ as the life supply. Although God does desire that all men come to the full knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4), this is not apart from Christ, who is the truth, and is in a book that concludes with an exhortation to “lay hold on that which is really life” (6:19). To lay hold on that which is really life is to eat Christ as our present tree of life.

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