We often hear it quoted that “Jesus wept.” This is the shortest verse in the Bible and is found in John 11:35.
Jesus also bled. This is found throughout the bible also, in the Old Testament and in the New. Indeed, it can be said that Jesus bled His redemptive blood seven (7) times for us, not just once. Let us have a look at the supporting scriptures:
- Drops of Blood:
Luke 22:44 tells that in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus was praying, just before His arrest “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
The first time Christ bled. Thus the atonement, the substitutionary sacrifice to win back authority over the world begins in a garden, reflecting the location of the original loss of authority, the Garden of Eden.
As the first Adam, the first human and the first to be made by God, lost the authority to rule over the earth as God’s agent, in a garden; God’s first and only begotten son, the “Second Adam,” begins to win back authority, also in a garden.
This was the beginning of the shedding of His redemptive blood – redemptive meaning that we are ransomed and brought back to the original condition or place.
With the words of Matthew 26:39, the redemption commenced in earnest, “Yet not as I will, but as You will”.
- The Whipping Post:
Matthew 27:26 tells us that first Pilate released Barabbas to the jeering crowd “And when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.” The second time Christ bled.
- The Crown of Thorns:
Matthew 27:29 tell us “And plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” The third time Christ bled. The imposition on the head of Jesus of this symbol of the curse of poverty would have drawn blood as the thorns pierced the scalp.
In Genesis 3:17-2 God said to Adam “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
By placing the crown of thorns on the head of Jesus, that which the enemy intended as a humiliation, for Christ became a blessing.
As Jesus became a curse for the land and the error of Adam, the curse of poverty on all mankind was broken. This is confirmed in 2 Corinthians 8:9 where Paul says “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
- His Hands:
The fourth time Christ bled was when they drove spikes through his wrists/hands into the cross. Again this is reflected at the beginning in Genesis 39:3 “His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.”
We are also the recipients of this blessing: for with our hands we have the power of Jesus to bless, heal and take authority of all things in the name of Jesus.
- His Feet:
The fifth time Christ bled was when they drove spikes through his feet into that Golgotha cross. With our feet we can take dominion over every place the sole of our foot touches (Deuteronomy 11:34) and with our feet we can exercise the Great Commission of Mark 16:15 where Jesus said “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
- His Side:
The sixth time Christ bled was then the soldier drove a spear into His side to make certain he was dead as John 19:34 says “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” By this time Jesus was dead. He had given up His spirit and laid down His life to redeem us, being made a curse hanging on a tree. He died in physical pain and agony. But he also died in unbelievable suffering under the weight of our sins ad for the first time in His life, he felt the total and absolute separation from His Father.
- His Bruises:
Jesus suffered extensive bruising and bruising is simply bleeding on the inside. This is the seventh time Chris bled. Isaiah 53:5 says “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed.”
Sometimes the bruising we have is invisible to others. We hurt internally in the hidden places but as 2 Corinthians 5:21 days “For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” In that, we have healing, not just for the body which is external and can be seen, but for the internal pains and hurts too.
Jesus did not only shed His blood externally, he also shed it internally and from this we can plead the Blood of Jesus both internally and externally. There is nothing which the blood cannot overcome, providing we stay under the blood.
Without delving too far into the prophetic and symbolic meaning of numbers in the Bible, it seems however opportune to mention in passing that the number 7 represents perfection, and is the sign of God, divine worship, completions, obedience, and rest. The “prince” of Bible numbers, it is used 562 times, including its derivatives (e.g., seventh, sevens).
Thank You for the sacrifice of Your only begotten Son, Jesus. Thank You for his blood which was spilt for us, for me. Help me Lord to always remain under this blood and bring me back, should I stray.
In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen and Amen.