THERE IS A FOUNTAIN Andy Hollifield 7-23-17
Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
I find it interesting that the word “fountain” is used 33 times in the bible. In Jeremiah 2:13 God refers to himself as the fountain of living water. In John 4:14 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that if she would have asked, he would give her living water that she would never thirst again. Therefore, when you put all of that together, Christ is that fountain of living water. The term “living water” is used 3 times in the scripture. The term “water of life” is also used 3 times. Revelation 22:1 says, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” The reason I find it interesting that the word fountain is used 33 times, is because that is how many years that Christ lived on this earth and as stated in Revelation 22:1, he is the source of living water. It is also interesting that the terms “living water” and “water of life” are used 3 times each because 3 is always representative of the trinity in the bible. When you look at all of that in proper perspective, there is no getting away from the fact that Jesus is the fountain of the water of life. He is the source of life and came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
When you begin to look at the word “abundantly”, the definition itself is very descriptive of the life we have in Christ. Some of the meanings are “over and above, more than is necessary, supremely, superior, extraordinary, surpassing, more remarkable, and more excellent.” I can sum it up in one word; “MORE”. “More” means in greater quantity, amount, or degree. The fifth meaning on Dictionary.com is the one I liked best I believe. It says this: something of greater importance. I am not trying to spiritualize that website, but 5 always represents grace in scripture. Truly, since we have partaken of that free water of life, our very existence has taken on a lot more importance and has become more remarkable and excellent and extraordinary. Christ’ provision has always been more than is necessary and over and above what we could have ever expected. It has always surpassed our need and has been far superior to anything we could have ever achieved on our own.
As long as we are talking about meanings, I looked up the word “fountain”. There are some words that we understand the general meaning of, but when we dig a little deeper it is a great blessing. “Fountain” is one of those words. The first meaning was : a spring or source of water; the source or head of a stream. That certainly matches up with Revelation 22:1 where it describes “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb”. Did you catch what that said? It said Jesus is the source or the head of that river of the water of life! You might think that I am reading too much into that definition, so we will look at the second meaning. It says “the source or origin of anything”. There was also another meaning I really liked and it just happened to be the 7th meaning listed. As you already know, 7 is God’s perfect number. It says “a reservoir for a liquid to be supplied gradually or continuously, as in a fountain pen.” He is definitely a reservoir which by definition is “a natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for…..furnishing power.” That water of life definitely furnishes power. The fifth meaning is about as good, “a place where anything is collected or accumulated in great amount”. That term great amount brings us right back to the word abundantly. Also again you will notice it is the fifth definition, the number of grace. If you want something else that will blow your mind, I will give you some synonyms that are incredible. A synonym is a word that has the same or nearly or the same meaning. Synonyms for the word “fountain” include “birthplace, cradle, genesis, and wellspring.” All of those words refer to the source or beginning. Also, in John 4:14, Jesus tells the woman of Samaria at the well, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Isn’t that good? He said it would be a well springing up inside.
I didn’t start out with the intentions of trying to give an English lesson. I never would have thought when I was back in high school that all of that stuff those teachers were trying to teach me and drill into my thick skull, would have ever been the source of so many blessings from the Lord. All of these years later, it makes me wish I had paid more attention. That is just like my life with the Lord. I look back at some of the things that have taken place in my life, I wish I had done less complaining and more paying attention and trusting that the Lord was working things in my life for my benefit. There are times in my life I would have enjoyed a lot more if I had only looked to see God’s hand at work. We can’t go back and relive those times nor would I want to. But we can, from this point forward, look for his fingerprints in our lives to see where he is working things for our good as Romans 8:28 says. Even the hardest circumstances that occur in our lives hold the abundant blessings of God and if we look for them, we can experience his grace in abundance. We need to just submit ourselves to him. In order to submit, you have to trust. But the upside of submitting to him is that “he giveth more grace”. “Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). It would help us all a whole lot if we would just remember that “there is a fountain” and ours is Christ the Lord. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!