An Open Invitation

Revelation 22:17
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.

It is a simple word, and it sends a simple message. Come. It echoes out across the ages. It is a perpetual invitation to anyone who may hear. Come. There is no way to complicate it or misinterpret it. It can be ignored, but that doesn’t change it. It applies to anyone anywhere at any time. Come. It may be whispered or shouted, but it will not be silenced. It is just one word. Come.

And who speaks this word so simple and sweet, so pure and earnest? Who offers this invitation? Who makes this plea? None other than Jesus himself and the Spirit of God. And if one so kind as He, one so full of love as He makes the invitation, how can anyone do anything else but come to Him? There are no conditions to fulfill, no requirements to meet. It might as well be, “Come as you are. And come right now.”

He who has heard this word and responded, he who has come to Jesus and trusted in Him joins in the chorus. He also says, “Come.” All those who have watched their sins melt away under the cleansing blood of Jesus turn back to those still dying in their sins, those still trying to go it alone, and they say, “Just come to Jesus. He is all you will need.” They know what it’s like to need redemption and find it, because it is there. The offer still stands.

Anyone who is thirsty—and everybody gets thirsty—just has to come and take of this water of life. The bottomless well, the ever-flowing stream is available. And whoever takes will never thirst again, because Jesus satisfies. He is what was missing when all the world had to offer could never quench that longing inside.

All Jesus ever desired was for every man to heed His call and come. How fitting, then, that these words appear at the very end of His Word. The work is finished. The revelation is complete. The mystery is revealed. The purpose is clear. His heart is open and waiting. His arms are ready to receive. And that one word remains. It rings out. Come. Those who refuse it will regret it forever. Those who respond to it will experience something far greater than they could ever imagine, and so their voices join together and echo back His cry: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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