I recently learned that the story I was told as a boy about the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon searching for the Fountain of Youth is a MYTH! Even as a youngster, I suspected that the Fountain of Youth itself was mythical, but now to learn that Ponce de Leon never actually even searched for it… It makes me think that I’ve been drinking from a fountain of gullibility all these years!
In John 4:14, Jesus promised to give water which would become in those who drank it a “fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” Myth? Something for the gullible to believe in? One might think so, except for the real evidence that Jesus rose from the dead never to die again. Hundreds of reliable witnesses attested to His resurrection, and many were willing to die rather than alter their testimony. And then there’s that otherwise inexplicable empty tomb. So, it seems more than credible that Jesus possesses everlasting life, and it’s no stretch at all to believe that Someone who has eternal life could share it with others.
The Scriptures describe Jesus giving us eternal life as if it were as simple as Him giving us a drink of water. But this water is special — miraculous in fact. What gives it its life sustaining properties? The answer lies in the Source of the water. Revelation 22:1 reveals that “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal” was “flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
In Chapter 11 of “Heaven: O For a Home with God,” we wrote the following:
Before God’s throne, Jesus fulfills His promise and gives “of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts” (Rev. 21:6). “For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters” (Rev. 7:17). And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (Rev. 22:17).
I’m getting thirsty. How about you?
“There’s a fountain free, tis for you and me
Let us haste, oh haste, to its brink”
– Steve Klein