Oh, there is a Fountain, and He is opened! There is a place where we can go when we are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and be filled! This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

[SW092] 05/15/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“A Fountain”

Zechariah 13:1   “In that day a  fountain [4726 spring, flow] will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for  sin and for  impurity.

Zechariah 13:2   “It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I will  cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove [5674 take away, overrun, do away with] the  prophets and the  unclean spirit from the land.”  

Oh, there is a Fountain, and He is opened! There is a place where we can go when we are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and be filled! This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Spirit speaks out of God’s grace,
to convict the world
and the world-loving church of sin,
and turn them to Jesus Christ.
How gracious is our God!

He offers you today a fountain, an endless spring, opened for you —
for sin AND for impurity.
It’s the one the Lord showed Zechariah, in advance.

This fountain washes away your past sins,
and then, if you drink of it, it will purify your heart.

Will you come to the fountain? “It” is a “He” — Jesus Christ.

I will tell you a story (courtesy of Smith Wigglesworth).

There was once a boat in the mouth of the Amazon River.
The people on board thought they were still in the ocean.
They were dying of thirst, some of them nearly mad.

They saw a ship and asked if they would give them some water.
Someone on the ship replied,
“Dip your bucket right over;
you are in the mouth of the river.”

There are a number of people today in the middle of the great river of life,
but they are dying of thirst
because they do not dip down and take from the river.

Are you hungry and thirsty for His righteousness?
Seek His kingdom, and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)!

Are you thirsty?
–Do you lack the liquid, living water that will give you life,
zoe (2222), God’s actual life in you?
–Do you strongly, urgently desire it?
–Do you crave and yearn for it?

Come to the fountain, be washed and drink!
But you must agree with God that you sin,
that you need to be cleansed by Christ,
and that your heart and nature must be transformed!

I look at the world and see great hunger and thirst!
Everyone is searching for something.
They passionately chase after natural things, like I used to do:
false gods, worldly treasures that rust and become moth-eaten,
drugs, alcohol —
these enslaved me, and they enslave you,
until you come to Christ, to be cleansed,
to be made pure, to be set free!

If you are thirsty, come to the waters!

Isaiah 55:1   “Ho! Every one who  thirsts, come to the waters;
    And you who have  no  money come, buy and eat.
    Come, buy  wine and milk
     Without money and without cost.”  [Jesus paid it for you!]

Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the evil man his thoughts.

O Church! Why do I weep for you?
Because in so many places,
sin and impurity are not spoken of,
so the people have no idea
of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

“We can’t preach that,” the leaders of the church say.
“It will offend people and drive them away.”
But people cannot receive God’s mercy
until they know they must turn
from their wicked ways and evil thoughts
and come to the Fountain.

The church deprives them of God’s mercy
if they do not tell them to turn.
“Let him turn to the Lord, He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely pardon!”
That is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ!

It was at great cost to the Father,
in order to restore you to Himself.
It was His Son, who took on Himself
the punishment we deserved.
Oh, what grace!!!

When you turn to Him,
you will sing as Isaiah sings:

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore you will joyously  draw water
    From the  springs of salvation.
4 And in that day you will  say,
    “ Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name.
     Make known His deeds among the peoples;
     Make them remember that His name is exalted.
5  Praise the LORD in song, for He has done  excellent things;
    Let this be known throughout the earth.
6  Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    For  great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Oh, praise be to God! Hallelujah!

If you will turn from your sin,
you will JOYOUSLY, JOYOUSLY draw water from springs,
from a Fountain that never runs dry!

You will draw water from THE Fountain,
the source of salvation (3444 yeshua) — that is “Jesus” in the original Hebrew!

He will save you,
and you will draw living water from Him!

Jesus had asked a woman whom he knew was living in sin
for water from a well, a cistern, a hole with water poured into it.
She asked him why He’d speak with someone like her.

Oh, here is what the Fountain said to her,
Here is what the One who will cleanse us of sin
and of impurity:

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you  living water . . .” 13 “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him  shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to  eternal life.”

He had the water that would cleanse her,
that would purify her of her sin.

Are you thirsty?
–Do you lack the liquid, living water that will give you life,
His life, life as God has it, abundantly?
–Do you strongly, urgently desire it?
–Do you crave and yearn for it?

There is a Fountain, Jesus Christ!
He has living water for all who thirst,
for all who turn to the Lord,
and away from their wicked ways and their evil thoughts!

Just as it says in Zechariah 13:2,
the Lord will remove (take away, overrun, do away with)
those who teach falsely,
who neglect this essential truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As I have said before,
if the gospel you are hearing doesn’t deal with
the condition of the human heart,
it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ!

He wants your heart, your whole heart! It is all that he wants. 
    Not good deeds, not “I’m a good person.” You and I are not good.
But the Father is here today saying, “My Son will make you clean!”

O Church, O world, if you will drink,
if you will turn from your wicked ways and evil thoughts,
Christ will come and rule and reign in you,
and He will flow out from your belly,
to quench the thirst
of others who thirst for righteousness
and have found no remedy
in the world.

John 7:37   Now on  the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “  If anyone is thirsty,  let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me,  as the Scripture said, ‘From  his innermost being will flow rivers of  living water.’” 39 But this He spoke  of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for  the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet  glorified.

In many in the church,
I do not see the Holy Spirit,
but rather, the spirit of this world.
The teachers and preachers are false,
presenting another Jesus,
one who would never correct,
one who would never command repentance.
This Jesus can never quench anyone’s thirst!

Turn away from false teachers, O Church!

Come to the Fountain, Jesus Christ!
He is a Fountain for sin and for impurity,
and when you partake of Him,
you will never thirst again,
for His blood cleanses you outwardly,
and His Holy Spirit will purify you,
when you are filled with Him.

Zechariah 13:9 “And I will bring the third part through the  fire,
    Refine them as silver is refined,
    And test them as gold is tested.
    They will  call on My name,
    And I will  answer them;
    I will say, ‘They are  My people,’
    And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”


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