John 19:31-37

Much has been debated about the source of the flow of blood and water from Jesus’ side, when it was pierced by a Roman soldier.  But I think what is important is for us to recognize, first of all, that Jesus was a man.  He was not an ethereal being, merely having the appearance of a man.  When His side was pierced, blood and water flowed from Him.  God became man.

And secondly, I think that we see in this situation a visual representation of what Jesus’ sacrifice brought us – forgiveness and life.  For there would be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22).  And He Himself is the spring of living water ( Jer. 17:13, John 7:38 ).

But, in order for us to be washed in that cleansing flow, we must draw near to the cross.  Only those who stand in its shadow will be washed by what comes forth. 

In the words of Fanny Crosby’s old hymn:

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.

When Jesus gave up His last breath, He gave up Himself.  Literally, forgiveness and life are ours in Him.  

We will only find them with Him at the cross. 

And I will pour out on the house of David and inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on me, the one they have pierced … On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.  (Zech. 12:10,13:1)

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