Rev.1:16-18 – They will no longer hunger nor thirst, nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
This passage in Revelation displays the tender love that Jesus has for His people. He displayed His love for us all throughout His ministry on earth. He showed Himself as the Good Shepherd who tenderly cared for His sheep. In today’s passage we see the love of the Shepherd continue for us in heaven. He will wipe away every tear and continually give us drink from His springs of living water. Here is how the HK New Testament Commentary describes this passage.
“During his earthly ministry, Jesus revealed himself as the Shepherd of his people. He called himself the Good Shepherd and instructed Peter to shepherd his sheep..….Jesus the Good Shepherd protects his sheep from danger and from harm, leads them to green pastures, and finds streams of refreshing water for them….The Lamb who is now the Shepherd leads the sheep to springs of living water. The imagery is a clear reminder of the Samaritan woman who asked Jesus for living water so that she would no longer be thirsty and have to keep coming back to Jacob’s well. Water symbolizes eternal life….He offers to all those who are thirsty to drink freely from the spring of water of life.”
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If that is true, what He did in His earthly ministry and what He promises in the coming kingdom is also taking place in our world today. Just as He cared for and taught His followers on earth, He will care for us and teach us all throughout our earthly journey. He is leading us to the green pastures of His word and to the waters of rest of the Holy Spirit. In the same way the promises of the coming kingdom are being fulfilled for us today. The Holy Spirit is the spring of Living Water. He refreshes us and wipes away every tear from our eyes. Jesus is our eternal Shepherd, follow him and He will be with you until the end of the age.