The Fountain of Youth? ∙
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. 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 who partake. Tales of such a source of healing and vitality have been told for thousands of years worldwide. 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, Bimini was a mythical land where the Fountain of Youth was located. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was captivated by the tale. Purportedly, in 1513, Ponce de León went searching for the Fountain of Youth in what is now Florida.
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. The Lord Jesus Christ felt the release and transmission of His healing power pulse out from Him. Immediately she was healed.
Lord Jesus Christ had a brief conversation with her. 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 life and health. The Lord Jesus Christ discharged health in a fashion similar to the way 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 His tasks, so can we.
Father thank You that You have provided us, the children of the King, 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 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.
When the power of life and health flowed out from Him, in a manner unknown to us, He automatically recharged. He did not require an external power source to plug into. He was the Power Source.
John 5:19 I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
John 12:49 I don’t speak on my own initiative. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.
John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.
John 5:26 The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.
Matthew 28:18 I have been given all authority in heaven.
© Dr. H 2022