The children of the Sunday school are very happy. Today is their trip!
They rose early, washed, put on beautiful clothes and went to the church. Now they are waiting for the bus.
But two of the boys can’t wait that long. They start playing soccer. No problem. But then they differ about a goal. The boys start fighting. Noise. Dust. Blood.
When their bus arrives, the Sunday school teacher says: “But you can’t go with us. Look your hands and your clothes – so dirty!” The bus leaves. The boys stay behind.
What will happen to us when the Lord Jesus arrives on the last day? He will return from heaven to collect his children. Let the party begin! –
But won’t he leave me behind?
Look how dirty I am. My hands are full of blood. My tongue of gossip. The desires of my heart are unclean. – How can the holy God admit me in his presence?
The Bible gives you a clear answer. Only if you wash your dirty clothes and make them white with the blood of the Lamb.
The Lamb of God is Jesus Christ.
Let me take you to Golgotha. On that hill we see three crosses. Jesus in the middle. Two criminals alongside. A lot of pain. This is a horrible way to die.
Look, the soldiers arrive. In their hands an iron rod. With it they crush the legs of the crucified men. So that they may die faster.
But when they come to Jesus, they see that he is dead already. No need to crush the legs of this man. Leave him.
Just to make sure, one of the soldiers takes his spear and plunges it into Jesus’ side. – Yes, he is really dead. Look, watery blood oozes out of the wound.
Watch this blood and water.
Jesus Christ really died. For sure.
Some people say Jesus fainted. He passed out. And then after 3 days in his tomb he became conscious and rose again. –
That’s a lie. John the evangelist was there. He saw the water and blood coming out, verse 35:
(The one who saw this happen has spoken of it, so that you also may believe. What he said is true, and he knows that he speaks the truth.)
You can celebrate the Lord’s supper.
You can be happy on Good Friday.
The blood and water tell you that the son of God died on the cross. He was innocent. But he took your sins away.
Yes, you are dirty. Born in sin. Your heart and mind. What you say and what you do.
But if you go to the cross, you will find a fountain of life. Water and blood. To wash yourselves and to become clean. In Jesus’ blood. In the water of the holy Spirit.
Jesus is not a victim.
Anene Booysen was a victim of rapists. It was done to her. Reeva Steenkamp was a victim of murder. Mido Macia was a victim of police brutality. – But Jesus …
If you just read verse 30:
Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and died.
“It is finished!” He came down to earth to die for his people. Now he can go, finish & klaar. He bows his head and dies. Out of free will Jesus gives up his life.
Christ dies that you may live.
Later in his first letter John will remind us:
… the blood of Jesus, [the] son [of God], purifies us from every sin.
That’s why we call it a good Friday.
Not just a tragic story with a lot of blood. Here is a fountain of forgiveness and life.
Read also verse 36:
This was done to make the scripture come true: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”
Do you remember the Passover festival? In Exodus 12 you can read about it. The people of Israel took a lamb, slaughtered it and put the blood at their doorposts.
They celebrated how the Lord saved Israel from the Egyptians. Saved by the blood of the lamb. Of which the law of Moses says: “Do not break any of [its] bones.” Exodus 12 verse 46. Numbers 9 verse 12.
Jesus is the Lamb of God. He takes away the sin of the world. Not one of his bones will be broken. His blood is a fountain of life.
Have you been washed by this blood?
Did you go to God to confess your sins? To tell him that you are sorry. To ask humbly for forgiveness in the name of Christ. Did you go to the cross and kneel before him?
If you did not, you must be afraid.
How can you join the party if your clothes are so dirty? You don’t belong there. Like those two boys you will stay behind.
But if you believe in Christ with all your heart, you can rejoice. Your dirty clothes have been washed. Your sins have been forgiven.
Christ will come and take you along. Let the party begin!
But let’s not forget the water. Out of his side came blood and … water. Blood symbolizes the death of Christ. Water often stands for the work of the holy Spirit.
- In the old testament: “I will give water to the thirsty land … I will pour out my spirit on your children.” (Isaiah 44:3).
- Remember what John the Baptist said: I baptize you with water, he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.
- Or in John 7: Whoever is thirsty should come to me, and drink. Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side – Jesus said this about the Spirit (7:39).
Christ is the fountain of life. He takes your sins away by his death – the blood. Plus he changes your life for good by his holy Spirit – the water.
We celebrate his death on Good Friday.
We celebrate his life on Easter Sunday. Plus Ascension Day. Plus Pentecost. He died, yes. But he is very much alive now. He wants to live in your heart. To renew your thoughts and words and deeds into a holy life.
Are you washed by his holy water?
Do you accept Christ as your Lord? Does he rule your heart and house, your family and friends, your time and sex and money?
If you don’t, you must be afraid. You can’t go to heaven if you don’t prepare now. Without Christ you will remain behind in darkness.
If you did, you can come to the Lord’s table. Eat and drink. Be happy with Christ. He will give you new strength to live for him.
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