“On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity” (Zechariah 13:1).
The promised fountain is the fountain of Messiah’s atoning blood. The verses preceding this reference the One who is pierced, and the prophet continues on, pointing to the day when the great fountain of cleansing is opened.
In the Old Testament sacrificial system, the blood of the sacrifice pooled at the altar’s base. It was stagnant and decaying and had to be washed away daily. That sacrificial system pointed toward the day when the Eternal Sacrifice would be offered. The blood of the Eternal Sacrifice flows as a fountain of cleansing. It is active, not stagnant. It is forever new because it is eternal. The fountain flows continually.
The fountain flows for the cleansing of both our sins and our impurity. Washing away the guilt of the sins we have committed, and the impurity that causes us to sin. The word for “sins” is the word that means “to miss the mark.” An action or a behavior that fell short of the target. The word translated “impurity” means “pollution, or filthiness.” It refers to a condition. The fountain that flows freely cleanses us of both sin and impurity. In 1 John 1:9 we read: “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” John clarified a few sentences earlier (v.7) that it is His blood that does the cleansing: “the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
We live in the day of the flowing fountain that cleanses completely, inside and out.
“Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins” (Hebrews 9:13-14).
Accept the promise that your sins are forgiven, and He is cleansing you. Every moment you can be cleaner than the moment before. Let yourself feel clean. Don’t deny the beautiful fountain that flows for you.
Lord Jesus, thank You for such a complete salvation. I receive the forgiveness for which You paid so great a price, and also the cleansing that is ongoing from moment to moment.
“I thought I could have leaped from earth to heaven at one spring when I first saw my sins drowned in the Redeemer’s blood.” (Charles Spurgeon)
Learn more about the cleansing power of the blood of Christ in The Life Changing Power in the Blood of Christ by Jennifer Kennedy Dean