“In that day there shall be a fountain opened To the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem For sin and for uncleanness” (Zec. 13:1).
Over 500 years before the Messiah was born, Zechariah peers into his prophetic telescope and proclaims that there would be a fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. If we fast forward in time, we find that Jesus was born of a virgin of the house of David (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-11). This man, who is also the only begotten Son of God, led a perfect life doing His Father’s will (cf. John 1:14; John 8:29; John 17:4). He went to the cross to give His life a ransom for all (1 Tim. 2:5-6).
The Jews, not wanting the bodies of those crucified to remain on the cross on the sabbath day, asked Pilate that their legs be broken (John 19:31). They did not break Jesus’ legs since He was dead already (John 19:33). One soldier pierced Christ’s side with a spear and out flowed blood and water (John 19:34). The precious blood of Christ washes us from our sins (Rev. 1:5). We contact that blood in the waters of baptism (Acts 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:20-22).
William Cowper penned these lyrics with Zechariah 13:1 as a background:
There is a fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains.
Praise be to God that a fountain has been opened to all who will respond!