What Jesus Did! 'Water and Blood' — John 19:32-34

Friday, December 5, 2014

So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man on the cross beside Jesus. Then they broke the legs of the other man on the cross beside Jesus. But when the soldiers came close to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead. So they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers stuck his spear into Jesus' side. Blood and water came out.
— John 19:32-34
Illustration of John 19:32-34 —  Blood and water came out.

Key Thought

John was a witness to this death of sacrifice and love that bought our redemption. He also wants us to realize that we are witnesses, too. When we share in baptism and in the Lord's Supper, the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit helps the Savior's loving death come alive in us. Jesus, the Son of God, died for our sins so that we can live with him. Blood and water is that ultimate sign of death and sacrifice. Through grace, we are invited to share in them and to be saved by him! We then become witnesses to their power in our lives.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, how could you do this for me? How could you hold back your power and let your Son die for my sins, and the sins of all of my fellow sinners? As the old hymn says, dear Father, "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all." Thank you, in Jesus name and because of his sacrifice. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Later, Jesus knew that everything had been done. To make the Scriptures happen he said, "I am thirsty." There was a jar full of vinegar there. So the soldiers soaked a sponge in it. They put the sponge on a branch of a hyssop plant. Then they lifted it to Jesus' mouth. Jesus tasted the vinegar. Then he said, "It is finished." Jesus bowed his head and died. This day was Preparation day. The next day was a special Sabbath day. The Jewish leaders did not want the bodies to stay on the cross on the Sabbath day. So they asked Pilate to order that the legs of the men be broken {to make them die sooner}. And they asked that the bodies of the men be taken down from the crosses. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man on the cross beside Jesus. Then they broke the legs of the other man on the cross beside Jesus. But when the soldiers came close to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead. So they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers stuck his spear into Jesus' side. Blood and water came out. (The one who saw this happen has told about it. He told about it so that you also can believe. The things he says are true. He knows that he tells the truth.) These things happened to give full meaning to the Scriptures that said: "None of his bones will be broken" and, "People will look at the one they stuck {with the spear}." Later, a man named Joseph from Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus. But he did not tell people, because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders.) Pilate said that Joseph could take the body of Jesus. So Joseph came and took Jesus' body away. Nicodemus went with Joseph. Nicodemus was the man who had come to Jesus before and talked to him at night. Nicodemus brought about 100 pounds of spices. This was a mixture of myrrh and aloes. These two men took Jesus' body. They wrapped it in pieces of linen cloth with the spices. (This is how the Jews bury people.) In the place where Jesus was killed on thecross, there was a garden. In the garden there was a new tomb. No person had ever been buried there before. The men put Jesus in that tomb because it was near, and the Jews were preparing to start their Sabbath day.

John 19:28-42

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus Christ is the One who came. Jesus came with water and with blood. Jesus did not come by water only. No, Jesus came by both water and blood. And the Spirit tells us that this is true. The Spirit is the truth. So there are three witnesses that tell us {about Jesus}: the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three witnesses agree. We believe people when they say something is true. But what God says is more important. And this is what God told us: He told us the truth about his own Son.

1 John 5:6-9

This is how God showed his love to us: God sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. True love is God's love for us, not our love for God. God sent his Son to be the way that God takes away our sins.

1 John 4:9-10

Abraham never doubted that God would do the thing that God promised. Abraham never stopped believing. He grew stronger in his faith and gave praise to God. Abraham felt sure that God was able to do the thing that God promised. So, "God accepted Abraham's faith. That made him right with God." Those words ("God accepted Abraham's faith") were written not only for Abraham. Those words were also written for us. God will also accept us because we believe. We believe in the One (God) that raised Jesus our Lord from death. Jesus was given to die for our sins. And he was raised from death to make us right with God.

Romans 4:20-25

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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