River of Life

 

Travel to almost every country, every culture, every group of people around the world, sit down in a restaurant, and they will serve you bread.  Bread is basic.  Bread is universal.  Where the poor have nothing, they still have bread.  Where the rich have everything, they still have bread.   Whether it is served as a tortilla in Mexico, flatbread in Greece (I think 😎), a bagel in NYC, or some bacon on a biscuit in the south, bread is always there.  No one claims to have invented it.  No one has a trademark or monopoly on bread, telling everyone else they can’t make their bread.  
So is Jesus available everywhere, to everyone.  No nation owns Him.  He is not bound by boundaries.  He is everywhere at the same.  Universally available, the phone will always be answered.
 
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”  Jesus is the bread of life.  When the Jewish people were lost in the wilderness all those years ago, hungry, wishing they were still slaves to Pharaoh because AT LEAST they had good food to eat, God gave them manna, the physical bread from heaven.   When the people were oppressed by Caesar, staying true to God only by the hope of Messiah, religiously following the letter of the Mosaic law but starving spiritually, He sent Christ, the bread of life.  Sent to a hungry world in a time of need, we are still eating His bread today.  Not only that, we’ve all been commissioned delivery drivers to carry His bread to a hungry world around us.  Not only has God given us a world full of more than enough food to feed the nations, He’s also given us His bread of life to feed the starving spirits all around.  Just like we fail to get the food He’s provided into the hungry mouths dying for it, so too are we failing to get His word into the thirsty minds dying for it.

I’m going to jump a bit here, because Jesus says that whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  We know we have the bread for the hunger,  but what about that thirst?  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city…” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬.   The book of Revelation symbolically tells us that the river of life flows right down Main Street in the New Jerusalem, the city of God.   Heaven.   
What else does Revelation tell us about the city??   “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:23-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬.   No need of sun or moon.  Daylight all the time.  But, key for my point here – and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.   It’s gates will never be shut by day.  And – it will be day ALL THE TIME!!   The gates are never closed on the kingdom of Heaven.  They are always open, inviting, with water from the river of life flowing right through it.  
We are commissioned by Jesus to invite all those around us to come to the table and eat the bread of life.  We are in the city, but the gates are open not shut.  We invite all to come and drink from the river of life.  Question for you – do you think those outside the open gates of Heaven might be thirsty?   Do you think the world around us might want a drink?  Well, THEY’RE IN A LAKE OF FIRE!!!

Invite them.  The gates only shut at night.  And there is no night…



“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:35-37‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/jhn.6.35-37.esv
John Lewis

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