what's the significance of jesus bleeding water and blood? What would have come out had he been dead?

How does piercing jesus's side prove that he was dead?


I'm a Christian.

I know that the Romans were goign to break his legs so he'd die faster, but when they saw he looked dead, they didn't. Instead, they checked that he was in fact dead by piercing him. I realize that it was fulfilling 2 prophecies ( about his bones not getting broken, and him getting pierced) but what were the Romans proving to themselves when they pierced him? how's blood and water an indication of someone's death? What would've come out had Jesus not been dead?

Update 2:

Thanks for all the responses =D

14 Answers

  • John W
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Normally they would have broken his legs.

    The fact that he was pierced fufilled yet another old testament prophecy...

    33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

    34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

    35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

    36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

    37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

    (John Chapter 19)

    The significance of the blood and water?

    John Chapter 5:

    5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

    6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

    7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

    9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.


    Excerpted from The Complete Multimedia Bible based on the King James Version

    Copyright (c) 1994 Compton's NewMedia, Inc.

    They already knew he was dead.

    They pierced him to fufill the prophecy.

    Yes... water only would exit after he was dead... they just speared him to prove it. Otherwise just blood.

    Not only man... but G-d himself bore witness to it - Threefold. This is the "Trinity" that Christians speak of.

    It may be odd for us to think of ourselves as 3 people... but it is an accurate description of G-d who is unfathomable to us.

  • 1 decade ago

    1Jn5:8 And there are three that bear witnessin earth; the Sirit, water & blood; and these three agree in one. I think this has something to do with Jesus Christ humanity & the resurrected Savior. And as Christians by being born of the Spirit, Water of the Word & His redeeming blood.

    The water & blood that came out means that He was physically dead. And someone had told me that meant He was righteous also. They didn't have to hasten death & break his legs. Jesus died earlier of a broken heart.

  • 1 decade ago

    One thing Doctors have said, that when Jesus bled water and blood he died from a broken heart literally. If you read the scriptures the Roman soldier was about to break his legs when he noticed that Jesus was dead. Then another came along and pierced his side which was a fullfilment of a prophecy found in Zechariah 12:10

  • 1 decade ago

    For the Romans it was a matter of common knowledge that crucified people did not die in a few hours. When Pilate asked for factual proof, the centurion assured Pilate that he had pierced Jesus’ side with a spear and that blood and water gushed out. John preserved these gruesome details, which were spared by the other evangelists, because he gave a theological meaning both to the breaking of the legs and to the flow of blood and water.

    It is most revealing of the peculiar method according to which the gospels are interpreted that scores of minds have strained themselves to account for the detail of the flow of blood and water, without ever consulting Greek and Roman literature. Basically, there have been two approaches to the problem: one is theological on the basis of symbolism, and the other materialistic on the basis of modern medical knowledge. But what is pertinent is what Greeks and Romans thought, rightly or wrongly, about the causes and symptoms of death.

    According to those Greeks who believed in the theory of humors, death comes when biles flow to the heart; they seem to have been impressed by cases of death by shock. Interpreters who have read the gospels with a scientific frame of mind have recognized that the reference to blood and water coming out of the incision is an indication of death by shockbut shock is a normal concomitant of fatal poisoning.

    One might have expected that pious interpreters would have welcomed this scientific confirmation of the accuracy of the gospel account. But, even in our age of dominant science, believers resist this materialistic interpretation and prefer to search for a symbolic meaning. One cannot blame believers for this attitude because such a clear reference to a gruesome item of pathological anatomy would be out of place even in a modern murder mystery.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It fulfilled a prophessy, that he bleed blood and water. There were many professies, and all fulfilled. There are so many things that point to the answer being Jesus Christ, but people will still doubt. Also, it is a proven medical condition that the water build up in your body is collected in that area and it came out. I would ask a doctor that, though.

  • 1 decade ago

    After death ones blood separates into blood and a clear liquid (water) this then, proved that Jesus died on the Cross. It also symbolizes the touching of blood and water to save one today.

  • 1 decade ago

    either the history channel or the discovery channel covered this topic...deof moveswhateverca nailed it-he must have seen the same special...basically, the account of water and blood flowing from Christ's side indicates, from a medical perspective, at least...along with other considerations (His position on the cross, etc)...that what is written in the Gospels of His death is consistent with death by crucifixion, and it's not a pleasant way to go...

  • 1 decade ago

    It's evidence that Jesus died of heart failure. Some apologists claim that the "water" is pericardial effusion (fluid in the membrane around the heart) and/or plueral effusion (fluid around the lungs).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hello Jason :

    Naturally, Jesus' shed blood to save us from Hell.

    A minister once told me that water also came out proving that he died from a broken heart.

  • 1 decade ago

    The water does not mix with the blood until after death.


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