Thursday, April 1, 2010

Resurrection Eggs: Egg Nine

*This is number nine of a twelve post series. There will be a new one each day for the next four days*

Egg #9: Soldier's Spear

"Roman soldiers used a spear to pierce Jesus' side when He was on the cross.

Read: John 19:31-37

Here is an amazing fact about Jesus's death: When people were put to death on the cross, it was common for Roman soldiers to break their legs. With broken legs, people could not hold themselves up to keep from suffocating, and would die more quickly.

Two robbers were crucified with Jesus, one on each side of Him. The soldiers broke the legs of the first robber. Then they broke the legs of the other robber. But when they got to Jesus, they saw that He was already dad. So they decided there was no reason to break His legs. This is amazing! Do you know that God foretold hundreds of years before in Psalm 34:20 that this would happen? It says, 'He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken.' Jesus gave up His life and died before the soldiers could even get to Him.

Because the soldiers had to make absolutely sure He was dead, they pierced Him in the side with a spear. When they did, out came water and blood. This was the proof they needed to show that Jesus had died. And it's proof to us as well. The water and blood mixture that poured out from spear wound in Jesus' side makes it absolutely clear that Jesus did really die.

Jesus must have loved us so much that He died in our place!"

Resurrection Eggs Randal Lee Walti

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