Living Waters Go Forth

New JerusalemThis post concludes our Old Testament journey along the river of life. In the New Testament this life is the Spirit for us to drink (John 7:37-39). Eventually we arrive at the river of water of life in New Jerusalem.

When the Lord Jesus ascended, “while they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him away from their sight” (Acts 1:9). In Acts 1:12 we learn that His ascension was from the Mount of Olives.

When the Lord Jesus returns to stand on earth, His return will be to the place from which He ascended. Zechariah 14:4 says, “His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives.” Zechariah 14:8 declares, “in that day living waters will go forth from Jerusalem.” This promise is like the blessing in Ezekiel 47, “everything shall live wherever the river comes.”

We look forward to that day with eagerness but let’s not wait passively. Remember the invitation in Revelation 22:17, “let him who wills take the water of life freely.” And remember Jesus’ cry in John 7:37-38, “If anyone thirsts, come to Me and drink….out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”

We drink not only for our satisfaction but also for the flow of living waters to other people. This flow from our innermost being now will expand to a much greater distribution of living waters from Jerusalem when the Lord returns and to the ultimate flowing from the throne in New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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