The Fountain of Youth?
8 But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” – Matthew 8:8-9
43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure.
44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”
47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed.
48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring or pool that is said to restore the youth and health to those that partake of it. Tales of such a source of healing and vitality have been told for thousands of years throughout the world. An early source was Herodotus (5th century B.C.). During the age of exploration (16th century A.D.), the tales and legends told by the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean incorporated this story.
According to the legends, there was a mythical land called Bimini where the Fountain of Youth was located.
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was captivated with the tale. Purportedly, in 1513, Ponce de León went searching for the Fountain of Youth in what is now Florida in 1513.
Today in Saint Augustine Florida, there is a tourist attraction called, The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park: Where Legend Meets History.”
The Lord Jesus Christ was a supernatural source of health and life. During His time on earth, the Lord Jesus Christ routinely performed supernatural feats and miracles. He healed the lame, the dumb, the blind, all manner of diseases and raised the dead. He brought health and life where there was sickness and death (the centurion’s servant, Lazarus, etc.).
Luke 8:46 Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”
A woman came to the Lord Jesus Christ. She had suffered from constant bleeding for twelve years. She snuck out of the crowd, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His robe. Immediately she was healed. The Lord Jesus Christ felt the release and transmission of His healing power pulse out from Him.
She and He had a brief discussion, He said “daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8:48).
How did He do this? Perhaps the Lord Jesus Christ was like a modern-day battery. Instead of being charged with electrical energy, He was a repository of health and life. The Lord Jesus Christ discharged health like a battery transfers energy to operate cell phones or tablets. A mere touch was all that was needed. Much like the way we receive shocks from static electricity today.
REFLECT & PRAY
As the Lord Jesus Christ depended upon the Holy Spirit to accomplish this tasks, so can we.
Father thank You that You have provided us Your children with the ultimate Power Source.
As the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ was totally unique. He was undiminished deity and fully human. In theology, this is referred to as the hypostatic union. This term describes the union of Christ’s humanity and divinity in one person.
As a real man such as we are, yet without sin. As a man got hungry, tired, and thirsty. But He was able to refresh Himself through natural means: eating, sleeping, or drinking. He lived His life on earth, as a man totally dependent upon the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 2:17 He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
When the power of life and health flowed out from Him, He automatically recharged. He did not require an external power source to plug into. He was the Power Source.
John 5:19 Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something, He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
Joh 12:49 For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent him.
Joh 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 5:26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.
Matthew 28:18 All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.