TEXT: John 19:31-37
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 319.
C.S. Lewis said, “We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed.”
When someone was crucified, the Romans normally left the body hanging on the cross for a few days as a grim warning to anyone who dared to oppose the government. However, since Jesus was crucified on the day before the Sabbath — which happened to coincide with the Passover celebration — the Jews requested that His body and the bodies of the two thieves be taken down from the cross. Jesus “gave up the ghost” in the ninth hour — about three o’clock in the afternoon — and the Sabbath began at sundown. According to Jewish law, bodies could not be left hanging on the Sabbath in order to avoid the pollution of the land. (Again, we see the religious establishment being so concerned about the minutiae of the law while not blinking an eye at the atrocity of slander, false accusation, and murder that they had just committed.)
Pilate granted the Jews’ request that the crucified be taken down from the crosses — but only after they were certain the criminals were dead. The way the Romans did this was by taking an iron bar or a heavy mallet and breaking the bones in the legs of those who had been crucified. This prevented them from being able to lift their body weight and continue breathing, hastening their deaths. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus, they found that He was already dead. Instead of breaking Jesus’ legs — which was disobedience to a direct command — one of the soldiers took a spear and thrust it into Jesus’ side. By not breaking Jesus’ bones and by piercing His body with a spear the pagan soldiers unwittingly fulfilled two Old Testament prophecies regarding the death of the Messiah. None of Jesus’ bones were broken just as God had commanded that the bones of the lambs slain for the Passover not be broken either.
When the soldier pierced Jesus’ side, ‘blood and water came out forthwith.’ Medically speaking, it is believed that the spear pierced Jesus’ heart, bursting the sac of fluid surrounding the organ. The contents — red blood and a pale-colored liquid called serum — gushed out. Since, after death, the two do not mix, they came out separately — blood and water. Dr. Warren Wiersbe states, “John saw a special significance in the blood and water that came from the wound in the side. For one thing, it proved that Jesus had a real body and experienced a real death. By the time John wrote this book, there were false teachers in the church claiming that Jesus did not have a truly human body. There may also be a symbolic meaning: the blood speaks of our justification, the water of our sanctification and cleansing. The blood takes care of the guilt of sin; the water deals with the stain of sin.”
Blood and water both hold significant places in redemptive theology. Since the beginning of history, the God-determined payment for sin was the shedding of blood. That is why He commanded people to sacrifice animals in order to make payment for their sins. The animal’s blood was shed in place of the person’s. The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” The word remission means “the cancellation of a debt or penalty, the forgiveness of sins.” Because Jesus shed His blood, our sin debt can be canceled, the penalty that we owe has been paid, and we can be forgiven by God.
Water is spoken of in Scripture as a washing, cleansing, and purifying agent. When God wanted to cleanse the earth of sinful men, He sent a flood. Those who are saved are baptized in water which symbolizes the cleansing of that person — all of their sins are washed away and they become new people in Christ — free from sin and fit to stand before God. Jesus Christ called Himself the Living Water and said that all those who believe in Him would have this living water imparted to them. Spiritually speaking, living water is a continually flowing substance that keeps us filled with the Spirit of God and the life of Christ. Jesus said that anyone who drinks from the living water will never thirst again.
Blood and water — two necessary ingredients for the redemption of souls. The fountain of blood. The river of living water. From whence do they begin to flow? They begin to flow at the cross.
Augustus M. Toplady wrote:
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.
The Savior stands ready to wash you today — to absolve your sins in His blood and to set the living water flowing in your life. Place your faith and trust in Him if you want to be free from sin and the punishment of sin forever. Here is how you can do that today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.