6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
1 John 5:6-10
There can be a few explanations as to what John was referring to when he wrote “water and blood”.
- water: Jesus’ birth (water of the womb), blood: Jesus’ blood
- water: On the cross, the water flowed out from Jesus when he was stabbed and the blood followed
- water: Jesus’ baptism, blood: Jesus’ blood
I do not pretend to know more than the scholars but one thing I’m sure of is John was testifying for Jesus by using God’s testimony. At Jesus’ baptism, God said ” this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” When we don’t believe God’s testimony, we make God a liar.
God did everything He could to make sure we wouldn’t make a mistake about who the Messiah is. Prophecies, miracles, His own words, Jesus’ wisdom, and love…..John encouraged us to take a closer look at Jesus. Do you really believe He’s the Son of God? Do you still not have faith in Him?
Once again, I thank God for going the extra mile. He didn’t have to do any of these to give us the assurance. He’s the highest God. He didn’t have to deal with the lowly people like us. Yet, He so loved the world and He so desires for us to have peace with Him. He came. He became a man. born as a child. Grew up to be a carpenter. Preached the gospel. Died on the cross……He didn’t have to do any of these but he did and he did it for us.