TEXT: Revelation 22:1-5
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
The Free State of Glory (Part 21)
This final chapter of the Bible brings all of history to a full-circle conclusion. In chapter 21, we viewed the New Jerusalem from the outside. We saw the walls, the foundations, and the gates. We saw the people of the nations and their kings entering the city. And we learned that nothing that defiles will step foot therein. Now, alongside John, we enter the city itself.
The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “We move inside the city to discover that it is like a beautiful garden, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. There were four rivers in Eden, but there is only one river in the heavenly city. Ezekiel saw a purifying river flowing from the temple, certainly a millennial scene; but this river will flow directly from God’s throne, the very source of all purity. Man was prohibited from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and prevented from eating of the tree of life. But in the eternal home, man will have access to the tree of life. The river and the tree symbolize abundant life in the glorious city.”
The first things John points out is that the angel showed him “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” In the Old Testament, rivers were used as a symbol of abundance, provision, peacefulness, and security. The Psalmist wrote, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.” The river of living water that flows in the New Jerusalem comes from God Himself. Therefore, it is absolutely pure and untainted, “clear as crystal.” We have never tasted water like this on earth. It is indeed a real river, but it symbolizes the abundant and perfect provision for the saints in the New Jerusalem. There, we will want for nothing.
Then John notices “the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” In the Garden of Eden, man was forbidden from eating of the Tree of Life after he disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It may have seemed harsh at the time, but God simply did not want us to live forever in our cursed state, separated from Him, and unable to be redeemed. It was indeed a mercy that Adam did not eat of that Tree of Life. But, in the New Jerusalem, the Tree of Life will be there, and we will be able to eat of it freely.
There will be twelve different kinds of fruit growing on this tree, a different fruit for every month. Even the leaves of the tree will be useful. John says they are “for the healing of the nations.” Of course, in Heaven, no one will get sick, so this cannot mean that the leaves are a type of medicine. John Walvoord explains, “The word for ‘healing’ is ther-a-pei-an, from which the English word ‘therapeutic’ is derived. Rather than meaning ‘healing,’ it should be understood as ‘health-giving,’ as the word in its root meaning has the idea of serving or ministering.” Yes, the Tree of Life will actually give life and health to those who eat thereof. No food, no drink on this earth can compare to the River of Life and the Tree of Life which we will have access to in the New Jerusalem. Until that wonderful day, let us abide in the Living Water and the Bread of Life, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who came down from Heaven and died on the cross, was buried and rose again on the third day which we celebrate this weekend.
One hymnist wrote:
The tree of life, how sweet the fruit,
With God as life complete.
I once was dead, but now I live,
Was starved, but now I eat.
‘Twas God that brought me to the tree,
With Christ Himself as meat;
How precious did that tree become
When I began to eat.
The Lord Himself is food to me,
He is my life supply;
He will my pure enjoyment be,
None else can satisfy.
If you want to join God and Jesus in the New Jerusalem where you can take eat of the Tree of Life and drink of the River of Living Water, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.