But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out (John 19:34 NKJV).
In our last week’s study, we saw how Jesus died by bowing down his head and giving up his spirit. John tells us the event that followed after that by saying: ...one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out (John 19:34 NKJV). This passage describes the last event that happened to Jesus before his body was taken down from the cross. Prior to that, he was “examined” by the soldiers as they broke the legs of the two criminals who were crucified with Jesus. This was done to ensure that, they were truly dead. Jesus’ legs were not broken; because, they found out that he was already dead. This was in fulfilment of a prophecy stated by the Psalmist that; He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken (Psalm 34:20).
Realizing that Jesus was dead, one of the soldiers thrust his spear into his side; unleashing blood and water from his body. The blood and water are joint symbols of the redemption and evidence of Jesus’ humanity. Through his shed blood, Jesus redeemed us from sin. This means, he bought us back to God from the power of sin. Writing to the Colossians about Christ’s redemption, Paul said; 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and [a]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption [b]through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
Jesus’ redemption did not only deliver us from sin and the power of darkness, it gave us freedom. Paul confirms this by writing; There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). In Galatians 5:1, Paul also said; ...It is for freedom that Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1a).
The blood and water that gushed out of Jesus’ body speaks to his humanity. He was conceived and born by virgin Mary; and grew up like any human being. Luke writes; And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52 NIV).
Speaking of Jesus as our High Priest, the author of the book of Hebrews wrote; 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a]Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (H14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a]Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:14-15).
Saints, it’s good to know that, through the pain and suffering of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we have redemption; and as a result, we’re reconciled to God. As well, as our high priest, Jesus knows our weaknesses and struggles; because, he came down in human form, he is able to identify with the sufferings and pain we’re going through.
As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Please, do send this study to your contacts as well.
Dr. Charles Mantey
Disiciples Revival Church
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