In this passage Jesus in on the cross already on his way to heaven. The soldiers break the other convicts’ legs. Because the soldiers see that Jesus had already died, one stabs him in the side and liquids flow out from the womb.
The Blood and Water 31Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down.r 32So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, 34* s but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows* that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may [come to] believe.t 36For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled:
“Not a bone of it will be broken.”u
37And again another passage says:
“They will look upon him whom they have pierced.”
• Blood and water = Eucharist and babtism
• What is the significance of the water and blood flowing from Jesus' pierced side?
o As soon as the sacrifice of Christ had occurred, the door was immediately opened to the Church of God