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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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 NLT
Illustration of John 19:32-34 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 5:6-9
  • 1 John 4:9-10
  • Romans 4:20-25


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.