John 19: 34 tells us when Jesus hung on the cross, the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side and blood and water came out. We have heard sermons on the blood, but I personally have not heard teachings on the water symbolism.
“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”
— Zachariah 13:1
There are five parallels I will explore with you. Imagine a public square with a huge cascading water fountain without a ledge around it. You could walk right into it, if you were so inclined.
The fountain gushes up with great force, if it is working correctly. Jesus’ blood is a mighty force against the powers of evil that try to snare and entrap us. Imagine a bed of stinging ants that you walk into as you are strolling through the park. They are crawling all over your feet and legs and making you miserable. You walk into the fountain and they float away dead. The stinging ants are symbolic of our enemy Satan and his attacks.
Our savior overcame Satan, when He rose triumphantly from the grave. We, His followers, have the promise, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37.
Water fountains can offer physical refreshment. If we are thirsty, we can put our hand under the gushing water and scoop up a drink.
In John 4:10, Jesus referred to Himself as living water. We should always be partaking of the water He provides by daily communion with Him in prayer and Bible study as well as just sitting in His presence listening to what He would impress upon us.
John 4:14 assures us if we drink of the water that He gives, we would never be thirsty again. Of course, that is spiritual thirst. Let us be diligent to go to the fountain often to refill our spiritual container with that living water.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come, Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
— Rev. 22:7