THE WATER OF LIFE.
"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:6
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17
The Fountain of Youth, 1546 painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
There seems to be evidence that for thousands of years people from all over the world have dreamed of a fountain of youth, or a spring of life, that either made a person look younger, or perhaps imparted eternal life. To quote Wikipedia about the Fountain of Youth, quote: "The Fountain of Youth is a spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Tales of such a fountain have been recounted across the world for thousands of years, appearing in writings by Herodotus (5th century BCE),"
In John chapter 4 there are the following verses:
"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." John 4:13-15
As quote above, Jesus also mentioned this on several occassions in the Book of Revelation. And so the question is, by quoting these things, was Jesus in effect saying: "Men have often dreamed of a Fountain of Youth, and I, Jesus, God in the flesh, the promised Messiah, have such a Fountain of Youth to give to you all, freely, as the gift of God!"
It seems unlikely that Jesus, as God in the flesh, would not know if such dreams or even myths existed. So he is either saying this, or such dreams and myths did not exist before him, and he is the originator of the concepts of The Fountain of Youth, and The Spring or Well of Life.
As I see this, as it seems there was talk of something similar to a Fountain of Youth, among the Gentiles, this can perhaps be seen as God reaching out to the Gentil nations, to bring them into the His Kingdom.
to be continued.........
the River of Life and the Water of Life explained, and the strange and ignorant ideas about this topic in the Middle ages!