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19th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Fountain

December 18, 2009

DECEMBER 19:  Zechariah 13:1

On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity (NIV)

Imagine that you’ve been hiking all day, enjoying glorious sunny weather. But you haven’t seen any water for hours. You’ve drunk all the water you carried with you, and your body and clothing are getting sticky and grimy from the dust on the trail. You’re hot and thirsty and dirty. Your enjoyment of the beauty around you has long faded from discomfort. Then you round a rocky corner, and there in front of you lies a shady glade through which flows a crystal-clear stream of icy-cold water. You plunge your face and hands into the stream, first drinking deeply, and then washing off the heat and grime of the trail. You feel cleansed, restored and renewed. This is the type of fountain pictured in this verse—a spring of fresh, life-giving water rather than the continuously recycled water of a cement or marble fountain designed by an architect.

Jewish people thought of a fountain as the source of life. In Psalm 36:9, David says to God, “For with you is the fountain of life.” Jesus is a fountain; only in Him do we have real life. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).

Zechariah tells us that this fountain is for “sin and uncleanness.” Just as spring water can make our bodies clean, so Jesus can give us clean hearts. Isaiah (12:3) refers to the joy of drawing “water from the well of salvation.” God’s Son cleanses us from all our impurities.

Like a fountain, Jesus provides the most basic source of life. He also gives clean hearts to all who will ask Him.

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

Thank God for providing you with the fountain of life, and for Jesus’ death on the cross to forgive your sins.

Ask God to cleanse the impurities from your life with His cleansing fountain and to refresh you with His water of life.

I beseech you, merciful God, to allow me to drink from the stream which flows from your fountain of life. May I taste the sweet beauty of its waters, which spring from the very depths of your truth. O Lord, you are that fountain from which I desire with all my heart to drink. Give me, Lord Jesus, this water, that it may quench the burning spiritual thirst within my soul, and purify me from all sin.

St Columbanus (543-615)