Blood and Water
How does the blood of Christ wash
away our sins? How do we accept the cleansing that God requires? How is it
possible for us to be actually washed and cleansed by the blood of Christ
today? To find the answer, we must go back to the cross.
After Jesus died on the cross,
"one of the soldiers pierced [Jesus'] side with a spear, and at once there
came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness--his testimony is
true, and he knows that he tells the truth--that you also may believe" (John
John, a disciple of Jesus,
witnessed a miracle below the cross-- a flow of blood and water! It is amazing
that water and blood could flow from someone who has died and be abundant
enough to be seen distinctly from a distance. So John had to stress that his
account was true.
This miracle is significant
because Christ poured out his blood along with water, and so he opened a
fountain of cleansing. This historical event is the basis of the cleansing
effect of baptism, which involves water. The blood that flowed from the cross
two thousand years ago still washes away sins today during baptism.