The disciple John is accredited with the authorship of The Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation and we can clearly see this in both Books. To the Apostle John was given the revelation of the new heaven and the new earth when all wickedness will be destroyed. In the Gospel that John also wrote we find an amazing correlation and prophecy with Messiah’s final words on the cross and His words in His revelation to John at the end of John’s life.In the Gospel of John we read:
John 19:28-30 “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said in fulfillment of the Scripture, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was placed there; so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a branch of] hyssop and held it to His mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit.”
The significance of Messiah saying that He was thirsty and was given sour wine is extraordinary when we see the sour wine in contrast with the living water He gives to His children as eternal life.
The sour wine is a representation of the old life and dying to sin. Messiah carried all of our sins on the cross and paid the ultimate price so that His children may inherit the promise of eternal life with Him. When Messiah said that “It is finished!”, He knew that the will of His Father had been done and that it set in motion the way for His children to receive the living water He offers freely and the promise of His reign as we through His grace can receive eternal life.
Now let us read what was revealed to John in Revelation to see the exact correlation and the remarkable truth found in the Word.
Revelation 21:5-6 “And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].” And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I will give [water] from the fountain of the water of life without cost.”
This is the confirmation of the significance that took place on the cross as Messiah reveals to John once more that “It is done.” The death of Messiah on the cross showed the promise of the new life we have in Him along with the promise of His future reign and the creation of the new heaven and earth as this life and creation will pass away. As we are new creations in Him, so we also look to the promise when there will be a new creation of this life in eternity with our King.
As Messiah was thirsty on the cross and was given sour wine, He gives to those of us who thirst, living water from His fountain that points to eternal life that can only be found in Him.
Let us receive the living water that our Messiah blesses us with and put our sins to death as we live new lives for Him. We put the old sour wine aside and look ahead to become new creations in Him as we strive to follow Him in our everyday lives, being doers of His Word.
John 4:14 “But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”
Be encouraged Brothers and Sisters in knowing that our Messiah loves us as His children and for us to be free is to follow Him and heed His Words as we reject sin and live lives that shows our love for our Messiah as we acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice that He paid for us. Our beloved Messiah freely gave up His perfect life here on earth to those of us not worthy. Through the tragedy of His death on the cross He defeated the enemy and He blessed His children with an inheritance of eternal life in His presence. There truly is no greater love than what Messiah did for us.
Let us not see the end of this life as the end of all things, but rather the beginning of all things new as we look forward in living out eternity with and forever serving in love Yeshua HaMasiach.
Walk in the way Messiah did and love one another as He showed love to us as we seek and look forward to His Kingdom.
Be blessed in Him.
Courtesy of Philia Contributor Daniel Prinsloo