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Meditation for Good Friday

March 21, 2008

(St. John 19:32-37) “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

Jesus here has fallen asleep in death, His side is pierced, and out pours blood and water. Thus Jesus takes His place as the Second Adam. Remember now the first Adam, how he had likewise fallen into a deep sleep, and our of his side cam a bone, from which God fashioned the woman, Eve. But Jesus is greater than Adam, and therefore not a bone, but blood and water come out of Jesus’ side. For blood and water, and not bones, are the elements of life. And as the element from the first Adam’s side produced the first bride, so now the elements from the Greater Adam’s side produce the greater bride, which is the church. For these elements – the blood and water of Christ – are the very elements we find in the blessed Sacraments. Baptismal water is the water of Christ, being made so by His word, and in the holy chalice of the Lord’s Supper is the blood of Christ, also because of His word. These Sacraments are truly the life of the church, for, as John says here, his record is true. Let us ever regard them as our life.
(from Every Day Will I Bless Thee by Rev. Burnell Eckardt, pg. 179)

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2 Comments
  1. Steven permalink

    I just wanted to say that the music for the Tre Ore service at First in LR was excellent.

  2. The Kantor permalink

    Thank you! You are very kind.

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