Water and Blood
“This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5.6 NKJV).
Jesus coming down to earth by “water and blood” leaves us with such a beautiful picture if we understand the metaphor each symbol represents. Water and blood can symbolize the baptism and sacrifice of Jesus, signifying the experience of every Believer of being reconciled back to God by Jesus’ Finished Work on the Cross. However, water and blood can also symbolize God in the flesh. God is a picture of Living Water on the earth (Isaiah 44.3). When water rained down the first time in the Great Flood, everything washed away besides Noah and His family whom God placed in the Ark of His Salvation. God promises He will never flood the earth again (Genesis 9.11). But how can God pour His Spirit (water) onto the earth without destroying everything that does not match His standard of holiness? He pours His Spirit into His Son, allowing His Living Water to be mixed with flesh, which is represented in blood. Therefore, we have Jesus Who is the embodiment and God in the flesh. And His body was broken, so His blood (water mixed with flesh), could pour salvation onto the world, reconciling us all back to our Heavenly Father. Instead of destroying us, God saved us. So Jesus is God’s solution to Get His Spirit onto the earth and into our lives. Instead of being carried in an Ark, like Noah and His Family, we have been carried in Christ’s body—in His death and resurrection. Our sin had been cast into hell, and we have been made new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5.17).
“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives” (Romans 6.4 NLT).