“Living Waters” Sunday School Lesson – Revelation 22:1-7

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“Living Waters”

Revelation 22:1-7

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Introduction:

One day Jesus was walking with His disciples and He felt compelled to go through Samaria (John 4:4). Whilst there, He spoke with a woman He happened upon at a well.  He asked her, “Give me to drink,” (John 4:7).  Her response was, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans,” (John 4:9).

John 4:10, 14 says, “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” (emphasis mine).

Furthermore, it is expressed in John 7:37-39, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me [Jesus], and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Water is life sustaining. Water is necessary.  No matter what climate or environment one dwells in, water is a mandatory need that has to be met in order for one to thrive.  For Jesus to identify what He has to offer as “water springing up into everlasting life” is triumphal.  It meets the needs and satisfies all that is required for one to enter into life everlasting.

This living water that is found in our future heavenly home comes to the forefront of today’s lesson.

Revelation 22:1 “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

The same angel that appeared on the scene in last week’s lesson continues to guide the apostle John on his heavenly tour.  In that John wrote, “He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal.”  While last week’s lesson focus was the city of New Jerusalem itself, this week centers on this particular “river.”

It is not often that rivers get to be the center of attention unless it is reported for some destructive force.  Here, this river is a far cry from that.  The first thing we are told of this special river is that it is “pure.”  This is very important because this is a heavenly river.  As with previous lesson, nothing will be in our heavenly home that corrupts, contaminates, or is dirty and that includes the waters that flow through it and from it.

The idea behind the word “pure” means more than just being clean enough to drink or bathe in.  It means it is flowing with the same perfection all of heaven possesses.  In the human language it is hard to really understand such purity, but they are described as being “clear as crystal;” the same clarity and magnificence of that great city the New Jerusalem seen in last week’s lesson (see Revelation 21:11).  Nothing flowing in these waters will interrupt its brilliance.

When I was a little girl we went a few times on hiking trails and one of my joys was when our guide would tell us it was okay to drink of the waters that were flowing from the springs.  I had never tasted anything more pure.  It was so cool on the tongue that it felt like it was refrigerated but it wasn’t because it was flowing down the mountain.  I can only imagine what those future waters will truly be like.  From a writer’s standpoint I think John did a phenomenal job trying to describe something he is seeing without really having the proper words to take in and articulate the greatness he witnessed before his very eyes.

“Proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”  In our day we can buy attachments for our faucets and other products to filter water from all those little microorganisms and such that can’t be seen with the naked eye.  What better filtration system than the “throne of God and of the Lamb?”  No wonder the waters were so pure.

The source of anything matters to the quality of any product.  Buy cheap manufactured products and you get cheap manufactured items.  So when describing the awesomeness of what he views in our future heavenly home, John made sure that the source of all this goodness was duly noted.  The river, the “water of life” can’t help but to be anything but spectacular because it flows from the most amazing place: “the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

John is not the only biblical character that saw these special waters in a vision.  If we look back in history we see the prophet Ezekiel with almost an identical vision John was viewing.  This is very important because God has shown in the Old Testament and in the New of what will take place in our future home.  These writings, hundreds of years apart from each other, mimics and validates the greatness that lies up ahead.

In Ezekiel’s vision he saw, “Waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward . . . waters they issued out of the sanctuary,” (Ezekiel 47:1, 12).  Water was seen flowing freely from the place where God is.  Ezekiel and John became eye witnesses to a phenomenon of God. A miracle was unfolding right before their eyes.  Isaiah once wrote, “Every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters . . .” (Is. 55:1).  Other verses of the Bible speak of the same thing occurring.  Joel 3:18 speaks of a “fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD.”  Zechariah 14:8 tells us, “living waters shall go out from Jerusalem.”  There is a healing stream in our future.

Revelation 22:2 “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Even in the most beginning and basic readings of the Bible one could readily point out the importance of the “tree of life.”  There, in the book of Genesis, we lastly see this tree being guarded by Cherubims after the fall of man “to keep the way of the tree of life,” (Genesis 3:22-24).

Here in our lesson the “tree of life” is seen as growing on “either side of the river” mentioned in the previous verse.  Trees that are planted by water tend to do great in their growth (think of hydroponics).  What they absorb from the river gives them the nutrients to not only develop and increase, but they thrive (compare Psalm 1:3).  But, even more so for the one that would grow connected to this special river of heavenly living water.  If one were to take a trip back to the book of Ezekiel, they would see in his vision that these waters were healing waters (compare Ezekiel 47:8, 9).  Remember the source of this river: from the “throne of God and of the Lamb” therefore one can expect that anything that flows from where God resides has to be healed or made whole.  So, wherever the waters flow life flows with it.  Whatever the rivers touch will be penetrated by the power of God.

This “tree of life” is not there for show.  This tree has a specific purpose.  First, we see it “bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month.”  Back in Ezekiel 47:12 we see “the fruit thereof shall be for meat” which means food.  In the world we live in today trees generally and naturally only produce one type of fruit (barring man’s intervention of grafting various verities to try to produce these modified trees).  In heaven, the tree of life represented there will be an original.  Monthly it will produce a different type of fruit from the same tree and it will do it without fail.  For with every month of the calendar year a new fruit will ripen on its branches to be a blessing for the redeemed peoples there.

“And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  The culmination of all that God is doing and has done has been with the end result of healing and restoration in mind.  We shall be made whole there.  Whatever maladies, sicknesses, disease, etc. one may experience on this earth; it will not be present in our heavenly home.  There, in that city, we will experience life in its perfect state, something we can’t claim now.

Revelation 22:3 “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.”

“No more curse.”  This is pivotal.  Everything that is wrong with the world we live in right now is a direct cause of the “curse,” resulting from sin.  When God originally designed and brought into existence this world after each major point of creation be it light, water, animals, living beings, or what have you – He declared Himself that it was good.  There was nothing failing in His creation.  There were no flaws.  Everything was a perfect as perfect could be.  But, when sin entered in so did the curse that would transform His good into the fallen world we see before us today.  This world is now damaged property and all in it have been touched by the moldy residue of sin’s influence.

When we arrive in our heavenly home that curse that bound man and creation will not only be gone, but it will be obliterated.  No traces of it will be found.  No infections left of this cancerous woe to humanity.  We will be free.  We will be whole.  We will be renewed.  We will be completely restored into the beings God originally had in mind at the apex of His design for us.  Zechariah 14:11 tells us, “And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.”  We know that according to human history this has not happened yet and points to the ultimate time of peace and restoration in the New Jerusalem.

Even today, those who are saved and under the blood of the Lamb, Paul taught with assurance: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree,” (Galatians 3:13).  The freedom we have in Him cannot be found or experienced any other way.

“But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it,” and wherever God is there can be no curse.  We saw in verse 1 of this same chapter those special waters of that river was flowing “out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”  Once again we see of how inundated we will be in the presence of the Almighty.  There is no place or crevice we can go where He will not be.  Although this is also true of today, but there we will be able to experience His omnipresence on a more personal, face to face (vs.4 of today’s lesson) level. This is why we need not be swayed too much this way or that in the current world we live in.  Jesus is on the throne now and always will be.  When we arrive in that crystal-like city we will see Him there reigning in power with our own eyes and we will know everything we faced here is over.

“And his servants shall serve him.”  In Romans 12:1 Paul teaches us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  When opening his address to the Philippian church Paul wrote of Timothy and himself “servants of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:1).    We are His people and as such, God’s people will be there rendering service and worshipping forevermore.  Everything within us will be wholly devoted to Him and it will be our honor, privilege, and pleasure to render such to the Almighty.

Revelation 22:4 “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”

“They shall see his face.”  When Stephen was being stoned the Bible tells us, “He, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,” (Acts 7:55).  This was just a glimpse of His real essence.  When Moses asked to see God’s face God responded, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live,” (Exodus 33:20).  Access was denied.  Hiding him in a rock and covering him with His hand, God told him, “I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts.”  This just allowed Moses to see a small, protected portion of His glory.  But, and this is very important, God also reiterated, “My face shall not be seen,” (Exodus 33:23).  While on this earth man has always been limited by how much of God they can witness or see.  But in that day, with all limitations removed, we shall “see his face,” (see also 1 Corinthians 13:12).  I can only imagine . . .

“His name shall be on their foreheads” declaring ownership; that we are His.  We will forever be marked as children of God.  I don’t know who or what people call you today, but in that day you will be nothing less than His!  People can get really indignant with how they treat and respond to others based off of what they think they know.  But, if you are in Christ today, right now you are “sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (see Ephesians 1:13) and in that day everybody will know it.  So, start believing and living like you are His today regardless of others!

Revelation 22:5 “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

Throughout these Revelation lessons one concept of our future home that continually pops out is the brilliance shining from the Lord God Almighty banishing any need for “light” from any source other than Him (see James 1:17).

We are told in the book of Genesis, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease,” (Genesis 8:22).  But, at this point in our future the old heavens and earth are passed away and we will have stepped in the new which has no need for “light” because the “night” has ceased to exist any longer (see also Zechariah 14:7).

“And they shall reign for ever and ever.”  Daniel, in a vision he saw of that future day, wrote, “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for  ever, even for ever and ever,” (Daniel 7:18; see also verse 27; Revelation 1:6).  The redeemed; the holy ones of God shall receive the kingdom of God for all eternity.  Sometimes walking the path of righteousness is hard and it seems that the times will never turn in one’s favor, but Paul wrote to Timothy, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him . . .” (2 Timothy 2:12; see also Romans 8:17).  I want to be among those who hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord,” (Matthew 25:23).

The eternity of the saints is secured and will never, ever come to an end.  In our future home we are blessed.  As the hymnist once wrote, “One moment in heaven will pay for it all,” (Lida Shivers Leech).

Revelation 22:6 “And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.”

“These sayings are faithful and true” speaks of the infallibility of God’s Word.  The saints can grab hold of the promises of God and cling unto them for very life and future hope because His Word will never fail.   What He says shall be “done.”

One of the most blessed things of the Bible is God has inspired man to write under His authority, from beginning to end, of what will be.  And, of everything written therein, from our history to our future, shall be performed.  This includes what is written and said of our eternal destination.  God has not left us in the dark nor has remained mysterious of that coming time.  Through the “holy prophets [God] sent his angel to shew unto his servants the thing which must shortly be done.”  This book is His Revelation; His unveiling of what is and was and is to come.  Nothing written therein will be left undone.  The hope of the saints is secured.

Revelation 22:7 “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

“Behold, I come quickly.”  This is the Lord Jesus Christ speaking and declaring the unbroken promise of His return.  This is an undeniable truth the saints look forward to in anticipation and the world tries to ignore.  Waiting for things and promises to come to pass can be extremely hard sometimes.  But, those that believe should never let go of the promise that He is coming back again regardless of how long it seems to us.  When the succession of these events begins to unroll and that day draws nearer to an end, Jesus will “come quickly.”

Isaiah foretold, “I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry . . .” (Isaiah 46:13).  Peter told us, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9).  Romans declares, “Knowing the time, that now it is high time to away out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed,” (Romans 13:11).  All these above verses tell us the return of Christ will happen therefore it is our job to be ready.

How do we do that?  By keeping the “the saying of the prophecy of this book.”  For now some may ignore this truth and live their lives in the flesh scoffing the beliefs of the righteous.  But you oh saint of God, hold on to your faith for “blessed is he that keepth the saying of the prophecy of this book.”  Obedience precedes blessings.  The things revealed in this Revelation are for the benefit of one to grab hold of and apply to their own life.  Failure to do so will cause one to miss out on the “blessed” state of those who chose to adhere to it.  There is no in between with God.  You do or you don’t; you will or you won’t.  Just be prepared to reap the fruit of the choices sown.

Conclusion:

Hold on.  Healing, restoration, and blessings are awaiting us there.

Standard Print PDF: Living Waters Sunday School Lesson Standard Print

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Below are activities to support this week’s lesson. Enjoy!

Word Search: Living Waters Word Search  Answers: Living Waters Word Search Answers

Crossword: Living Waters Crossword  Answers: Living Waters Crossword Answers

Word Scramble Living Waters Word Scramble  Answers: Living Waters Word Scramble Answers

Draw the Scene: Living Waters Draw the Scene

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Memory Verse: Living Waters Memory Verse (Have students fill in the missing words from the memory verse and color the picture.)

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Below are Activities/Links/Resources to support this week’s lesson. Enjoy!

“I Come Quickly” (Also good for next week’s lesson. Enjoy!)

“Jesus Shows John Our Forever Home”

“Bible Lessons for Children About Eternal Life”

“The Water of Life”

“When Jesus Comes Back” (Also good for next week’s lesson. Enjoy!)

“The River of Life Activity Sheets”

“I Come Quickly Activity Sheets”

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Several age appropriate activities to choose from. Enjoy!)

“Swim, Climb, and Fly!”

“Revelation Activity Book”

Please Note: Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday there will be no Sunday School Lesson for next week.  Blessings. Enjoy!

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