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Zechariah 13:1 "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness."

This prophetic passage in Zechariah was fulfilled many years later when God’s only begotten Son was arrested, beaten, scourged, mocked, and humiliated by being paraded through the streets of Jerusalem, then nailed to a Roman cross, and lifted up between heaven and earth. After Jesus uttered His final words, "It is finished," He breathed His last breath and died. The order was given, and a Roman soldier thrust a spear into the side of the Son of Glory. At that moment blood and water flowed out from His side. The prophecy had been fulfilled, the fountain had been opened. This fountain was for the cleansing of the world, for whosoever should believe. Any who would come underneath that efficacious flow would be made a new creature and brought from death to life. Whosoever washed in this life-giving fountain, would be adopted into the family of God and declared an ambassador of the Most High God. 

That fountain of redemption is still open to this very day and will remain open until the terrible Day of the Lord arrives. 2 Peter 3:10 "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up." The approach of Christ is as near as it has ever been. This sobering thought, if fully grasped, should cause the Church to rise up in these latter days and make the voice of the Gospel heard in every ear and in every corner of the world. As Southern Baptists, the hallmark of our denomination is the cooperation of like-minded Churches working together to carry the Good News to the ends of the earth. The approach of the coming Judge of the earth should steady our gaze, strengthen our stance, and bolster our determination to work together to be Gospel centered and Christ honoring in all we do. 

There are many diversions that creep into the Church by the hand of the devil or in most instances are of our own making. These diversions blur our Gospel mission and busy us with trivial matters or peripheral circumstances that weaken our forward progress for the Kingdom of God. The Union Baptist Association serves as a catalyst for Kingdom cooperation among our Churches. Our collective efforts should first cause us to remain focused and intentional on carrying out the Great Commission together. We are as committed as we have ever been to assisting the local Church in any way possible to help Her carry out the Gospel mission. We are focusing our ministries to be more intentional than ever before to be practical, effectual, and purposeful in assisting the local Church to be more successful in growing the Kingdom of God.

John 19:32-37 "Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled,'Not one of His bones shall be broken.' And again another Scripture says, 'They shall look on Him whom they pierced.'"Let us keep our eyes on the One who was pierced for our transgressions and live in that Fountain of Life He has opened for us.

Serving the King Together,

Dr. Eric D. Cook

Director of Missions