In oriental cities, where water is often scarce, water carriers go through the streets selling water at so much per drink. Their cry is, “The gift of God, who will buy? Who will buy?”
And sometimes a man will buy the whole supply, and then allow the water carrier to give it away. And as he goes back down the street, he no longer says, “The gift of God, who will buy?” but “The gift of God, who will take? The gift of God, who will take?”
In Isaiah 55:1, we read,
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk.”
God says “Come” four times in this verse.
Spurgeon said, “This description of gospel blessings grows sweeter as it advances. We come to the “waters” of life first, then the “wine” of joy and the “milk” of satisfaction – all “without cost. Christ is as free as the air.”
For many years the Chicago Daily News printed on its front page each Christmas Eve a cartoon by the Nobel prize winner Vaughn Shoemaker.
It showed beneath a beautifully decorated Christmas tree an unopened package which was labeled “Eternal Life.”
The title of the cartoon was “The Untaken Gift.” John 3:16 was quoted in the cartoon. He was making the point that God in His goodness gave Christ to the world. Now He offers eternal life to all who will receive it.
“And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
“Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound;
Make and keep me pure within.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
© 2013 Rev. David Arnold Ministries, All rights reserved.