Revelation 22:16–17 (ESV)
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches.
I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
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.
This reading is short, because I’m setting up for the final reading tomorrow. These two verses may be short, but they are
not short in meaning. Jesus is wrapping up this Revelation by making it clear who is speaking. He says: “I, Jesus” and He is making it clear that He sent his angel to give this revelation to the churches. The great “I
AM” says “I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” In my mind, there should be light bulbs flashing all around Jesus head and he says I AM the fulfillment of Isaiah 11:1. In reality, Jesus
doesn’t need light bulbs, because light is beaming out from him as he say “I AM” to Isaiah’s 11:1 “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Jesus
is declaring “I AM” the bright morning star! This is the fulfillment of Numbers 24:17 which states: “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it
shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.” This prophecy is to the Messiah. Who is the start that crushes satan’s head? “I AM!”
spirit and the Bride (the Saints) speak to you: “Come.” He has prepared a place for you where you will thirst no more, as you bask in the water of life. When I think about this, my mind goes wild about dreaming what this is
going to look like. I love water, and it is water that has washed me clean in my baptism and has washed away my sins... and given me life! I pray: Lord, you have saved me through water and I have been living in my baptism until I see you
face to face and bask in the water of life. Thank you for your life, death, and resurrection which has set me free. I praise you for everything you have done for me. You have washed me, renewed me, and reconciled me. I give this credit
to YOU, not me. You chose me before the creation of the world, how could I ever take credit for my Salvation. It is all your work. Help me to continue to walk in your light and to trust in the waters of baptism. Amen!