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Find Out The Remarkable Truth Behind The Blood Of Jesus Shed On The Cross And Its Significance

One of the soldiers pierced Jesus side with a spear bringing a sudden flow of blood and water”, John 19:34. The significance of the flow of blood and water at the cross is very profound, these two elements are key for us having a relationship with God. This article turns a spotlight on the importance of the blood of Jesus and the water that was shed on the cross as we celebrate Easter.

1. The Blood Of Jesus

The blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin, Hebrews 9:22 reads, “everything be cleansed with blood – without blood there is no forgiveness”. His blood made it possible for the forgiveness of our sins. In Leviticus 17:14 God proclaims this to the children of Israel regarding blood “it is the blood, given in exchange for a life that makes purification possible” moreover verse 14 for the same chapter reads “you must never eat or drink blood, for the life of any creature is in its blood.”

We see in the last supper Jesus gave his disciples a cup of wine and said, “this is my blood” and they all drank from it. By drinking from the cup of wine that represented his blood, Jesus was giving his life to the disciples because the life of any creature is in the blood. We read from John 5:26 that “The Father has life in himself and has granted that same life-giving power to his Son”. This means the life Jesus gave us through the drinking of blood is the same life God had granted his son Jesus.

Following from this, we can boldly say we have the life of God within us through the blood of Jesus, Jesus also confirms this in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. Paul in writes in Ephesians 3:21, “ I pray that you may be filled with the fullness of God” further reiterating how we’ve come to have the life of God that fills us so abundantly.

2. The Water

Water is a source of life, the water that came out of Jesus is the living water he spoke of with the Samaritan woman in John 4:13-14. According to 1 Peter 3:21 “water symbolizes baptism that now save you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but a pledge of a clear conscience towards God.” A pledge of a clear conscience towards God is to know and believe that we are guilt free.

Guilt is associated with fear and shame stemming from sin. This first occurred when Adam and Eve sinned, they felt shame and hid from God (Genesis 3:10) – causing the relationship between them and God to be severed for they could no longer fellowship with God.

For us to enter the presence of God with boldness and shamelessness we need to believe that we’ve been baptized by the water from Jesus that has cleared our conscience before God. This miraculous water sustains us until eternity “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water that I give them will never thirst. The water that I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life”, John 4:13-14. Water from Jesus clears our shame and guilt, making us to now commune with God as it once were before sin entered the world.

Jesus also spoke of this water with Nicodemus when telling him that to enter the Kingdom of God we must be born again (John 3:3). He then defines what it is to be born again in John 3:5, “very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”

Again, to be born of water means to be have our conscience cleared, to be rendered guilt free. The water that came out of Jesus side at the cross is the water that gives our spirit life, he baptizes us with his water thus giving us a guilt free conscience and a new spiritual life. To have life is to be in the presence of God, recall in Genesis God told Adam that if he sinned, he will surely die. And when Adam and Eve did sin, they died – they separated from God, guilt and shame made it impossible for them to fellowship with him as it once were.   

Jesus declared in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”, it is through Jesus that we have life – to be in fellowship with God and to have the life of God within us. Jesus also declared in John10:10, “I come that they may have life, and have it abundantly”, he meant that he came so that we can fellowship with God and experience his presence to the full.

God used to walk in the coolness of the day in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had direct access and full experience of God. We now, through Christ, experience the same and Paul confirms this in Ephesians 3:16, “that you may be filled with the fullness of God”, this is to be filled with life and the full essence of God.

The blood of Jesus

Blood and water gushing out from his side is also a foreshadowing of what is yet to come when Christ sets up his Kingdom here on earth. We read this in Revelation 22:1, “Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” We see that indeed the water of life that Jesus gives sustains us here on earth and throughout eternity allowing for us to fellowship with of God now and forever.

3. The Spirit

The Spirit is another interesting element that Jesus specifies to Nicodemus. God is Spirit, for us to enter his kingdom and communicate with him we need to have his Spirit. This Spirit is the Holy Spirit that Jesus alludes to in Acts 1:4, “wait for the gift my Father promised which you have heard me speak about, for John baptized with water but in a few days you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit”. And indeed, the Holy Spirit came on earth from heaven on the day of Pentecost.

The Holy Spirit functions like DNA. When we are born, we equally carry DNAs from both our biological parents. We are our parents’ child because we have their DNA, similarly, God is Spirit (John 4:24), and he has given us of his Spirit (1 John 4:13). In other word’s he has given us his DNA which thus qualifies us to be his children, Romans 8:14 confirms this: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God”.

The Spirit of God enables us to function like him and be like him because he is our Father and we have his DNA, he is holy and has called us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15). This is what Jesus meant in John 3:6 when he said to Nicodemus “Flesh gives birth to flesh, and Spirit gives birth to spirit”.

My parents’ DNA is evident in me through similar physical features and or temperamental attributes, similarly the Holy Spirit of God is evident in our lives through the expression of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These are attributes of God our Father, for God is love (1 John 4:8), in his presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), the peace of God transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7), his kindness is everlasting (Isaiah 54:8), great is his goodness (Psalm 31:19) great is his faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23) and he is gentle and humble at heart (Matthew 11:29).

4. Concluding Remarks

  • The passport to enter the Kingdom of God is blood, water and the Spirit.
  • At the cross God made it possible through his son Jesus that we may be purified from sin, through the blood, and so that we may be in his presence with a guilt free and clear conscience, through the water.
  • He then gave us his Holy Spirit that enables us to live a holy life just as he is holy and thus, we became children of God – “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22).
  • Jesus was deemed the true son of God because he had these three elements blood and water (John 19:34) and Spirit of God, which in John 1:32, “came down from heaven as a dove and remain on him”.
  • The story of Jesus does not end at his crucifixion read more on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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