Friday, February 12, 2010

There shall be a Fountain


“There shall be a fountain” (Zechariah 13:1)


The prophet Zechariah declared “there shall be a fountain” to cleanse the people from sin and uncleanness. What kind of fountain is he talking about? Is this a magic fountain? How can a fountain cleanse a man from sin? Zechariah is speaking of that great fountain which is filled with blood.

Zechariah said, “On that day there shall be a fountain”, but what day was he referring to? There was obviously the anticipation of a day when sin would be washed away through a fountain. What great news this must have been to those who heard. What great news this is to our own ears today. Back in chapter 12 we read about that day: “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him who they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn” (Zech. 12:10). “That day” Zechariah is speaking of is the day of Christ’s crucifixion. On that day “there shall be a fountain.”

Christ came to suffer. Christ knew Calvary had to take place. This was no surprise to Jesus that the fountain of cleansing would be his blood. Christ emptied himself taking the form of a man in order to be our substitute on the cross. He was perfectly obedient to his Father’s will even to the point of death. His death on the cross is the piercing that took place to wash away the sins of those he came to save. Christ was the One who was pierced for our transgressions. He was the One who was crushed for our iniquities (Is. 53). Once he was dead, still hanging on the cross the Scriptures say, “When they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (John 19:33-34). They pierced his wrists and the blood ran down the cross. They pierced his feet and blood ran down the cross. He was dead but the soldiers pierced his side and blood came out of his body. This was the great fountain spoken of by Zechariah.

Christian, rejoice in the reality of the bloody fountain of Christ’s love for you. Listen to his word to you: “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). “In him [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7). It’s the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ that purifies us and washes us of all our sin. This is crazy! But it is oh so true. God sent his Son, Jesus, to pay for sin and not just any sin but my sin and your sin. May your hearts sing with joy:

“There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lost all their guilty stains” (William Cowper)

May we see that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” through new lenses.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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