John 19:31–37 (ESV)
Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers
came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there
came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his
bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”
This happens on Friday, with the following day starting the Passover.
The bodies must be taken down before the Sabbath. Deuteronomy 21:23 states: “is body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the Lord your
God is giving you for an inheritance.” They broke the legs so that those crucified could not lift up to enable them to breathe, so by braking the legs... death would be greatly accelerated. But Jesus was already dead, so they stuck
a spear in his side, water and blood poured out. If he had been alive, only blood would have flowed from his body. I am personally glad that they did this, because it removes any doubt that he was not dead, just passed out. No... he was dead!
I pray: O Lord, no one can accuse you of not really being dead, that was proved by the spear in the side. You truly are the sacrificial lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Your death mean life
for me. I am sorry for my sins, and repent of them and want to do better. Thank you for what you have done for me. Amen.