Blood and Water Flowed

John 19:32-35: "The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe" (NIV).

As part of our decision to remember all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf, as we approach Resurrection Sunday, my family and I discussed this passage of Scripture last night. We wondered why God put this piece of information in the Bible. Was it just to fulfill Scripture? Or, could there be more to it? This passage contains some pretty gross, descriptive language. The writer could have stopped by stating "the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear". Why did he go on to state that it brought "a sudden flow of blood and water"? I believe God allowed such gross, descriptive language to be written about this particular instance in order that our faith might be strengthened and made complete. Just stating that Jesus was dead may not suffice, for some of us, as proof that he actually died. I mean, come on, his [Jesus'] resurrection is the most controversial part of the Christian faith. It is also the most important! If Jesus did not really rise from the dead, then he did not really claim the victory over sin, hell, death, and the grave. It is imperative that we know that Jesus was dead.....dead as dead can get......blood and water flowing from the body. Without this piece of information, it would have been easy to promulgate that Jesus never really died, therefore, he never really rose from the dead and the resurrection was just a front to trick people into believing that he was/is the Son of God, or, the Christ/Messiah. Instead, testimony was given, describing in gory detail, that Jesus actually suffered unto the point of death and was buried and raised on the third day! It is by his blood and the power of his resurrection that we have hope of eternal life with God!


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