Anticipating Advent: A Fountain Filled

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.
~Zachariah 13:1

Zachariah was the Prophet of encouragement.
With God’s word he sought to call God’s people back to holy living. He challenged them to finish building the walls around Jerusalem which had been untouched for some fifteen years since the original effort.  To encourage the people he prophesied of the coming redeemer. He said more about the coming Savior than any other Prophet.

In Chapter 12 he speaks of a coming time of mourning from the various family groups. Readying them for the Saviors coming, in chapter 13 he opens his prophetic vision of God’s plan of redemption with a startling graphic picture — a fountain opened to the house of David and the people of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and iniquity.

Jesus was from the house of David and he was the source of cleansing for the sinful people of God. Zachariah speaks of Jesus’ cleansing blood as a fountain indicating the abundant flow of God’s sovereign love and mercy. That fountain of mercy and love is ultimately revealed in the shedding of Christ’s blood on Calvary to make a total cleansing from sin.

As a teenager I loved to sing and sang in in a quartet in the churches and I also sang in the Seminary quartet. In my teenage quartet we sang the old Hymn, “There is a Fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s vein and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.”  The  hymn was removed from the Psalter in 1959 as being too graphic. I still sing it as it truly speaks to my heart of the cleansing power of Jesus blood available to all through faith in Him.
~Pastor Jack Matheis


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