The Great Invitation

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 22:1-5, 17

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let

the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

(v. 17)

Have you thought of this, that the whole Bible leads to an invitation? In its pages are
revealed God’s mighty acts, his faithful promise — his grace and salvation in Jesus.
All is directed to us who read and hear, so that we may repent, believe, and move in God’s
direction. And we hear always this lovely word “Come!”

For us today, who share and teach the biblical Word, no message we give is fully
Christian without some kind of appeal to come to the Lord, to feast at his table, to
receive his grace. So it’s altogether fitting that this last book of the Bible, in its
final chapter, should abound in invitation.

The Holy Spirit, through Christ’s bride the church, is always calling to people,
“Come.” And when sinners come, they join the chorus. “Let everyone who hears say `Come.’”
Every new believer is to say to all within his reach, “Won’t you come too? Won’t you
receive the Savior?”

The last line makes the invitation clear to every reader, every hearer. “Let the one
who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” All
you need is to be thirsty, to want the living water. Was there ever a wider, more winsome
appeal? Oh, everyone, COME! You too, friend!

PRAYER

Lord, we bless you for your invitation. Draw many to yourself!