In the beginning when God created the garden of Eden "there was the Tree of Life in the middle of the garden... and a river went out of Eden to water the garden..." Gen. 2:9,10
All through the Bible we see this river.
When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they ran out of water and cried out to God to give them water so that they wouldn't die. God told Moses to hit the rock and when he did, God caused water to come flowing out of that rock; enough for more than a million people to drink, bath, and even for all their animals to drink. This rock represented Jesus who would die on the cross and give us the water of life.
The 2nd time God told Moses to speak to the rock but instead he hit it again and this displeased God. He messed up the illustration that Jesus only needed to die once for all time.
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit..." I Pet. 3:18.
"... this He did once, when He offered up Himself." Heb. 7:27
Jesus was born into this world for one purpose and one purpose only - He was born to die; not for Himself but for us. When the time came, they pierced His hands and feet and the blood flowed down. After He died "... they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already... one of the soldiers pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." Jn. 19:34 The blood that cleanses from sin and the water that flowed to give us life.
"...there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." I Jn. 5:8
There are many prophecies in the Bible about this water of life being restored to us again.
"There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God..." Ps. 46:1
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that... all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley..." Joel 3:18
"And it shall be in that day that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem." Zech. 14:8
There is a river in Ezekiel 47. This river starts at the throne of God and is ankle deep than goes to the knees, then the neck, and finally you have to swim in it; everything it touches is healed.
We see the fulfillment of this in Revelation 22:1, "And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb",
Jesus is the water of Life and His blood is poured out to remove our sins. We drink the communion cup as a symbol of His blood shed for us. One of the last things we are told in the Bible is "... and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 22:17 Won't you come to Christ and drink this water of life that He offers so freely? Thank you Jesus for the gift of life that cost you so much but is free to us.
No more guilt or shame
Why do you carry that load of guilt and shame when God is willing to take it from you? Jesus took the guilt of your sins upon Himself and if we confess our sins, He will forgive us and cleanse us by His blood.
“… if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” I Jn. 1:9
It is the blood of Jesus that does the cleansing.
“…All praise to Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding His blood for us.” Rev. 1:5
The amazing thing is that God is willing to forgive any and every sin you’ve ever committed if you will only come to Him and confess your sins to Him and get the cleansing He has freely provided.
“Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and night Your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to You while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey Him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!” Ps. 32:1-11 NLT
Every night I like to pray “Lord, please accept my efforts today and forgive me for where I fell short in Jesus’ name” and then I confess anything that I know was wrong. We should try to make restitution to those we wrong whenever possible.
In God’s eyes we can be as though we never sinned because Jesus took our punishment and not only did He take our guilt but He gave us His righteousness so that when God the Father sees us, He sees Jesus in us. When the Bible says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” Matt. 5:48, it means to take on the perfect righteousness of Jesus through believing in Jesus and baptism; we are perfect in Him. Now all the promises are mine in Christ Jesus.
Thank You Jesus for taking away my guilt and sins and giving me Your righteousness. I love You so much for what You did for me that I want to learn to do the things that please You and live my life for You always with Your help and by the grace of God.
God the Father showed us how much He loved us by sending His Son to die in our place.
Jesus showed us how much He loved us by dying for us.
We show God how much we love Him by our obedience.
"If you love Me, keep My Commandments." Jn. 14:15