15th April 2011

The Fountain Of Life

“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.”
John 4:14 (KJV)

The Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce De Leon, searched for the Fountain of Youth and instead discovered Florida!  The Fountain of Youth features in many books and films, such as The Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter and the Fountain of Youth.  The Fountain of Life is similarly found as a well-known theme and enjoyed in on-line gaming Ever Quest.

Chemists and scientists search for the perfect anti-ageing pills or creams to keep us young and stave off old age, in yet another search for the Fountain of Life.

Or there is the ‘Holy Grail’ legend immortalized in such writings as King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table and in films like Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.  The Holy Grail was thought a sacred object most often believed to be the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and said to possess miraculous powers.  Some think Joseph of Arimathea used the Grail to catch Christ’s blood as he laid him in the tomb.  In the legends of King Arthur and the Round Table, the hero must prove himself worthy to be in its presence.  Percival must grow spiritually and mentally before he can locate it.  The Grail being a symbol of God’s grace, available to all, but only fully by those who prepare themselves spiritually, like the saintly Galahad.

Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”  All that is necessary is to believe and come to Christ.  We are not required to ‘prove ourselves’ or ‘qualify’ to be in God’s presence.

At the Last Supper, recorded in Matthew 26:26-28, “Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it, for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”  It is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us that provides the true fountain of youth, the fountain of life that we drink symbolically when we take the bread and wine.  We drink from the “well of water springing up into everlasting life”!

Prayer
As we take the bread and wine in communion with you, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, we drink of the true cup of life everlasting.  Praise and thanks be to God.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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