Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

There is a fountain filled with blood

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

28th March 2010

John’s gospel records two unusual things that took place at the crucifixion of Jesus.

‘Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. ‘The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water’. (John.19:31-34)

The legs of Jesus were not broken as was the case of the other two men crucified that day, and in His case a Roman soldier seeing He was already dead thrust a spear deep into His side and out flowed water and blood. Either to make doubly sure that Jesus was dead, or out of hate he picked up a spear and thrust it deeply into the side of Jesus. It was a real man, with a real human body, with real human blood, that died on the cross that afternoon in Jerusalem.

These two unusual happenings form part of an eyewitnesses testimony given to help us believe in Jesus because in them prophecy was fulfilled in a most unusual manner.

‘The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken," and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced." (V.35-37)

Not one of the Saviour’s bones must not be broken (Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 34:20), and His body must be pierced (Zechariah 12:10).

These Roman soldiers would have done just the opposite. They came to break the legs of Jesus as they had the other two men, but there was no point in breaking his legs since He was already dead. Moreover, they had no intention of piercing the side of Jesus with the spear. To John’s utter amazement that is exactly what the soldiers did.

Now why was this observation so important to John?

Simply because God had intervened and caused it to happen as His Word said it would centuries before. God overruled the circumstances and caused it to happen according to His will. Those who were crucifying Jesus were unconsciously executing God’s plan. It is really comforting to know that the cross wasn’t a tragic accident, but that a sovereign God was in control at Calvary. The soldiers had received instructions to break the legs of Christ, but this had not been done. The soldier had not received the order to pierce the Saviour’s side, but this he did.

The purposes of God were being fulfilled.

The astonishing thing that John pondered, and so can we, was the fact that not a bone of Jesus was broken proving that He was the Passover Lamb that God provided.

Not one bone of the Passover lamb was broken, and here on the cross God slew His own Lamb and made provision in the blood of His Son so that when the judgment of God comes, He will see the blood of Jesus and pass over you.

Only the blood of Jesus makes atonement for our sins.

The prophet Zechariah had written,

‘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’. (Zechariah 13:1).

Many years later William Cowper was to write,

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains.

"Praise for the Fountain Opened,"

The question for us is have we plunged beneath that flood and lost our guilty stains?

As Elisha Hoffman wrote,

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

“Are You Washed in the Blood?”

Have a good week reflecting on the blood of the Saviour.

Pastor Barry

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