Pastor Kyle Bitter - Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 17, 2022
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
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In the city of St. Augustine, Florida, one can visit what might be the oldest tourist attraction in the United States. It’s called the Fountain of Youth, and according to the story its waters provide just that – a return to perpetual youth for all who drink. Legend has it that the site dates all the way back to 1513 when the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed nearby and marveled at the strength and vitality of the natives living in the area – concluding that the source of such health could only come from the waters of the long sought after spring now known as the Fountain of Youth. Not long after, a nearby spring picked up that name. Looking back, it seems more likely that Ponce de Leon was primarily interested in treasure and land rather than searching for a legendary spring, but nevertheless the story has caught on and many people remember the explorer as much for his connection to the supposed mythical fountain as for anything else he might have been involved in! I suppose that’s not all that surprising in the end. There’s an appeal to myths like these – it’s fun to think about what it would be like if aging and sickness and even death could be avoided by something as simple as a drink of special water! It’s a nice relief from what we know to be reality: Death always wins. Eventually everyone has to face it!
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