“The River of. Life.” Rev 22:

John, in exile on the island of Patmos, was in the “Spirit” worshiping his Lord. As the bishop at Ephesus for decades, he had seen the followers of Jesus grow in number and change the world even as they were persecuted and hated.

Now John, the only disciple remaining alive, was alone in the presence of God having reached what must have seen to him the end of his life. But Christ had a message for John and us of hope and the almighty power and love of God that takes away all fear and brings direction. A new heaven and a new earth was to come with a river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God. We will see the face of the Lamb and his name will be on our foreheads and darkness will be gone.

The promise is there to all who are thirsty. Take the water of life without price, drink freely. Come Lord Jesus, come.

Question of the week: In the song “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” that we will sing today we find the words, “Here I raise my Ebenezer.” What does Ebenezer mean and what Old Testament source and story is that referring to?

Answer: Ebenezer means “Thus far has the Lord helped us” and was the name of the stone of remembrance that Samuel raised to God’s glory praising God for protecting the Israelites from the Philistines. 1 Samuel 7:12