The gist of the hymn There Is A Fountain is about forgiveness – divine forgiveness.
I think the first 2 lines are the most poignant.
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
and sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.
We are all guilty of something, in deed or thought, and it is such an amazing thing that Jesus did by pouring out His blood to cover all of mankind’s sins. We need only look at the news in order to see the many “sins” of both men and women. Scandals are rocking both Hollywood and our government. These are constant reminders that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But it also can teach us something about forgiveness, repentance, and redemption. This leads me to the next verse about the thief on the cross.
The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day,
and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.
All of those people mentioned in the news stories that are filling our airwaves can find hope and regeneration of spirit if they will simply come to the fountain. Then their sins could be washed away. Some of those individuals are, or may be, Christians – that is not for me to say without further investigation. But the point is that all can be forgiven through Jesus Christ.
This makes some mad. They can’t seem to understand or grasp God’s ways of doing things. How can a loving God forgive someone as foul as some of these people are? Because we are all sinners and God views deeds the same as thoughts. One sin is no greater than another, because all sins are a misuse of freedom. Redemption is a rectification with God.
What happens to us then, Christian and Non-Christian? Since Christ’s death washed all sin away, we are covered. BUT you have to repent and turn away from that sin in your life. You have to fight it, and die fighting in Christ’s strength.
Why did God do it? You see, it was never God’s intent to populate a world with sinners. It was His design to populate the world with men and women with free will that would choose the right and shun the wrong. He was going to teach us and lead us in the garden. But with free will comes the freedom to choose that which is wrong.
So it falls to us to try and explain that we have all fallen, but that God’s will is that none should perish. The caveat to the redemption is accepting God’s definition of right and wrong, then following Him and not our own self. Our self will always pick what makes it feel good, taking the easy way out.
I have hope though from what I’ve seen of some of the people that have been touched by these scandals. Maybe they are finally understanding about the necessity for confession and repentance; healing and salvation. One celebrity that had dated one of the accused men said that she is torn by hate for his actions, but still cares for the man. There was hate and forgiveness and love and compassion – but also a revulsion that made her want to turn her back on him. Coming from this person, I could not believe it.
I saw in her that she could not process or comprehend her feelings. I immediately thought – THAT’S WHY YOU NEED TO FIND JESUS! He can bridge that gap for her in her understanding. This is why we need to have pity and try to understand the anti-religious and non-christian viewpoints. They really don’t understand repentance – that change of mind and direction in a sinner – and the forgiveness that goes along with it.
Let’s all pray that these events in our nation serve as a wake-up call and as a door to further the kingdom of our Lord. Pray for the victims and pray for those that have perpetrated these crimes. Thank God for His Grace!
Grace & Peace to all,