The search for a Fountain of Youth has been the subject of lore since as early as the 5th Century B.C. in the writings of the Greek historian Herodotus; during the time of Alexander the Great in the 3rd Century A.D; and even the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon in the 16th Century as he explored the New World and the coast of Florida. Although no such fountain has ever been found, Jesus did speak during His earthly ministry of a Fountain of Living Water “springing up into everlasting life,” (John 4:14).
As Jesus waited at Jacob’s well on His journey through Samaria while His disciples went into the city to buy food, Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water, asking her for a drink of the water. As their conversation progressed Jesus offered her “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” The woman, thinking Jesus was speaking of physical water, requested, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw,” (John 4:5-15).
As Jesus continued on in His earthly ministry He shared with the Jewish people on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living Water,” (John 7:37-38). The Prophet Jeremiah had written 500 years earlier just before the Jewish people were taken captive to Babylon, “O LORD, the Hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed… because they have forsaken The LORD, the Fountain of Living Waters,” (Jeremiah 17:13).
Just as the Samaritan woman looked for a fountain of water that would cause her not to have to make daily trips to Jacob’s well, before understanding Jesus was speaking of spiritual water that leads to eternal life, those who seek after a fountain of youth will only find fulfillment and Everlasting Life in CHRIST, the Fountain of Living Water.