“This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood.” 1 John 5:6
At the last supper, Jesus gave His disciples a cup saying, “This my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” Mark 14:24.
This echoes the Passover covenant from the Exodus story. The blood of the lamb had to be on the door to protect believers from the plague of the firstborn.
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Exodus 12:13
That Passover lamb was a foreshadow of the pure and spotless Lamb. God wanted to provide a pure and perfect sacrifice so that He would have people with Him.
“The Lord looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one,
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm achieved salvation for him,
and his own righteousness sustained him.” Isaiah 59:15-16
He sees something in us that even we don’t see.
Everywhere I look, I see human beings despised and treated with contempt. It’s hard for people to sustain real, genuine love for other humans. Maybe for those we agree with, but what about the ones we disagree with?
He loves us even when we don’t agree with Him, or with one another. He sustains that love in His heart, and, while He was on earth as a Man, sustained it to the very end.
Why? Because He sees something in us that we don’t. And He loves what He sees.
The blood represents the human side of Jesus, and the water represents the Spirit, the Deity.
He came to walk among us as Man so we would fully be His brothers and sisters. He came to walk among us as God so the connection would be perfect and eternal.
“…one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” John 19:34
He poured out all of who He was, blood and water, so He could be with us, and we could be with Him.
He poured out everything.
He loved us with all of His heart, His soul, His mind, His strength.
He still loves us like that.
And He loves us because He sees that we are capable of loving in the same way right back.
Because when His Spirit lives on the inside of us, we are fully capable.
It is finished.
And love has left a