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May 17 – Jesus, the fountain of living waters (II)

“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.” – Zechariah 13:1

Scripture reading: Zechariah 12:9-13:2

Jesus is the Fountain of living waters. Today we again ask the question: what is it about fountains shows us something of who Jesus is?

  1. Jesus is our healing Fountain – Not all fountains in nature are the same. There are fountains that just bubble up clean drinking water that refreshes us. But there are also places where fountains are thought to have healing qualities. People go there to be treated for illnesses, hoping to be healed. As the fountain of living waters, Jesus has exceptional healing qualities for the worst of diseases. No one else can heal the deadly disease of sin. In Zechariah 13:1, we read about this fountain. Years later when the apostle John stood at the foot of the cross, he saw that fountain. It was opened by a soldier piercing Jesus’ side, causing blood and water to flow out! That is the fountain that cleanses dirty sinners from sin and uncleanness. Have you been to that fountain already? Sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains!
  2. Jesus is a free Fountain – When you come to places where the fountain has healing qualities, you are often required to pay for that. But, when you come to Jesus, the water that He gives is free of charge! Everyone is invited to come and drink! Revelation 22:17 invites us like this: “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God for the freeness of His grace. Worship Him for the cross and the water and the blood that can cleanse from sin and sanctify us to serve Him.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com

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