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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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The Fountain Of Life
There was a Spanish explorer whose name was Ponce Deleon. Tradition tells us he set out to find a fountain of youth or water which would make a person forever young. I have found something much better; I have found a fountain which will give eternal life to all who will drink from it. Isaiah wrote about it in 55:1 and invites everyone to come and drink from it’s life giving stream and the good news is; it is still flowing today giving life to all who will come and partake of it. The verse says “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”. I want to look at this verse and focus on the invitation to come to this fountain of life.
Here, Isaiah said “everyone”. The invitation isn’t to just the “elect” or to a select group of people but it’s to the rich and poor alike. It’s to the weak as well as to the strong. It’s to the aged and the young; it is to all. Romans 10:13 says “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. Whosoever means whosoever! Now the invitation is open for all so why is it so important for all to be invited? All are lost and in need of salvation. Paul wrote in Romans 3:10 “As it is written there is none righteous, no not one”. He also wrote in 11:32 “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all”. God has said all are unbelievers in order to be able to extend His mercy and grace to all.
Next look at the prerequisite of the invitation as he wrote “everyone that thirsteth”. There are three other verses in the Psalms which use the word “thirsteth” and all three refer to a thirst or longing for the Lord. As we read or hear about the gospel, about the suffering of the Lord Jesus it should give us a thirst for Him. To hear what He did for us and to hear how He suffered for us ought to give us a thirst like we never had. But those who are satisfied with the world and it’s pleasures will not thirst for Him. Their thirst is being satisfied by the world and all it’s charms. But if the world and all it’s charms has lost it’s allurement to you, why not come to the fountain which gives life?
Isaiah goes on to say “he that hath no money come buy”. Salvation can’t be purchased with silver or gold but it has already been purchased with the precious blood of the Son of God, all we must do is come and accept it. If it were for sale none would have enough to purchase it if it cost what it was worth. Romans 6:23 states “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. You don’t have to pay for a gift which is given to you or it would cease to be a gift. A gift cost the receiver nothing but it cost the Giver everything and He was willing to pay the price. It is like a prisoner who has been pardoned by a high official; unless that pardon is accepted the prisoner remains guilty of his deed and must finish out his sentence.
Then we will look at the products of the invitation as he wrote “come buy wine and milk without money and without price”. There are really three things mentioned here which are essential to our spiritual lives. Of course we are to come to the waters. You can’t live without water. Here water represents the Lord Jesus and you can’t have life without Him. He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus told the woman at the well “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again (speaking of the water from Jacob’s well), but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give Him shall never thirst”. Then he speaks of buying or obtaining wine which talks of joy and a merry heart. Coming to Jesus will bring joy to a lost soul. There is no joy or peace for the lost person but peace is promised to the child of God. Then he mentions milk which speaks of giving nourishment and strength. The gospel of Jesus Christ is suited to nourish and support all who come to Jesus.
The last thing we will see in this invitation is the pleasure in it. Verse one says buy and eat. Verse two says eat that which is good. Salvation is something you enjoy not something you endure. If you are enduring what you have then you are drinking from the wrong fountain. Verse two says let your soul delight itself in fatness which pictures abundant blessings which come from the goodness and grace of God. The world only promises brokenness and emptiness as verse two tells us “wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfieth not?” The world can’t satisfy the spiritual side of man and never will be able to. Why not come to the fountain and obtain fullness? Not only will He fill you He will make an everlasting covenant with you as He imparts unto you eternal life.
But in order to obtain this fullness, this salvation you must come to the fountain. The fountain is not going to come to you. Ponce Deleon never found the fountain of youth but I have found the fountain of life and I can lead you to that place today if you will come. It flows from the throne of God and will satisfy all your needs if you will come to it and drink from it.