The Flowing of Water for Life-Imparting
John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear [when Jesus was being crucified], and immediately there came out blood and water. Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
The water which flowed out of His side signifies the life- imparting aspect of Christ’s death. Water is for the imparting of life. This water became “the fountain of life” (Psa. 36:9). While the blood formed a fountain for washing, the water formed a fountain for drinking.
When the Lord Jesus said that He was a grain of wheat falling into the ground to die that many grains might be produced (12:24), He was referring to the life-imparting aspect of His death. The dying of this grain of wheat was not for redemption; it was absolutely for imparting into the many grains the life that was in the original grain. On the negative side, Christ’s death removed our sins; on the positive side, it imparted the divine life into us. As we believe in Him today, our sins are removed by His redemptive death, and eternal life is imparted into us by His life-imparting death.
Consider a grain of wheat. Its life is confined within the grain. By death, the life in the grain is released… Hence, His death was the life-releasing death. Since His divine life was not only released out of Him but also imparted into us, His death was the life-imparting death. Moreover, it is the life-propagating death, for by it life is spread in many directions. Furthermore, it is the life-multiplying death, causing the multiplication of life. It is also the life reproducing death, for the one grain has been reproduced in the many grains. How we need to be impressed with these wonderful aspects of the Lord’s all-inclusive death.