REV. 16:4-7 JESUS CHRIST – SATISFIER “TO THIRST OR NOT TO THIRST”
Life and life to come can be reduced to a simple common denominator.
No life form known by us can exist without water. Many can live without oxygen, but none without water. God gives an unbelieving world graphic picture. No water, no life. Why? To portray a spiritual truth –
Only Jesus Christ is satisfier and can give the water of life! Not to thirst = come to Him.
Look at Ps. 42:2 – “Only Jesus can satisfy your soul”
1. God promises to quench our thirst.
Water, the Wonder Fluid
For a brew that’s colorless, tasteless, odorless, and calorie free, water takes a punch. It is the only substance necessary to all life; many organisms can live without oxygen, but none can live without water. It comes closest to being the universal solvent; while you drink from a tumbler, the water is busily dissolving molecules from your glass. It travels upward in defiance of gravity. So strongly do water molecules adhere to one another that when one evaporates from the leaf of a tree, it pulls up those behind like links of a chain. This molecular attraction forms the surface film on which water bugs race without wetting their feet, d which permits you to float a darning needle atop a glass of water. The average American uses 87 gallons a day to drink, flush, shower. 120 gallons to produce one hen’s egg, 3,500 per steak. With these indirect uses our daily need soars to some 2,000 gallons each. Four trillion gallons of precipitation falls on the United States each day, and we use a mere tenth of it. None is lost; the water that John used for baptizing Jesus still exists, its billions of molecules now dispersed around the world.
Each day the sun evaporates a trillion tons of water from the oceans and continents and pumps it as vapor into the atmosphere–the greatest physical force at work on earth. Each day the same amount of vapor condenses and falls as rain, snow, sleet, and hail, replenishing its sources.1
2. We cause our thirst by our sin. Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (KJV) Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (KJV) Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. (KJV) Isaiah 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he
drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion. (KJV) Isaiah 41:17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. (KJV) Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: (KJV) Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: (KJV) Isaiah 48:21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (KJV) Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. (KJV) Isaiah 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. (KJV) Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (KJV) Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: (KJV) Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. (KJV) Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (KJV) John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: (KJV) John 4:14 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. (KJV) John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (KJV) John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (KJV)
2 Revelation 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. (KJV) Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (KJV)
3. To thirst or not to thirst – your choice.