Dear listeners. Let’s talk today about why Jesus’ shins were not broken. This is a very important question. I’ll tell you, it is much more important than it seems to you at first glance. We read about this event in the Gospel of John in chapters 19: 33-36 “ But when they came to Jesus, as they saw Him already dead, they did not break His legs, 34 but one of the soldiers pierced His ribs with a spear, and immediately bleed and water. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth for you to believe. 36 For this has happened, that the Scripture might be fulfilled; let not his bone be broken. “We also read about the fact that Jesus should not have had his shins broken in Ex 12: 46 and in Psalm 33: 21. For the Passover Lamb in Exodus 12:46 is a type of Jesus Christ, and He is the only righteous man. In this Passover Lamb we see the first and strongest revelation of Jesus to Israel in the Old Testament.
Through this Passover Lamb, He communicates that in the flesh he must come to people on earth and die for their sins, so that they can be saved for eternal life. Ex.12.46: ” In one house there should be her, do not take meat out of the house and do not crush her bones .”
Now let’s look at the spiritual side of the fact that Jesus was not supposed to have his shins broken. About Adam, who is also a beautiful type of Jesus, we read in Genesis 2:23: “ And the man said: Behold, this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called wife, for she was taken from her husband . ”
Eve is a type of the Church of Jesus. And the fact that she was “taken from her husband” means: the Church of Jesus came into being through His death, for the Scripture tells us in Genesis 2:21: “ And the Lord God brought a deep sleep to man; and when he fell asleep, he took one of his ribs, and closed that place with flesh . ”
This deep sleep that God brought on Adam is tantamount to death and points to the death of Jesus at Calvary. We also see that the Passover Lamb is a type of Jesus in Genesis 3:21: ” And the Lord God made skins of skins for Adam and his wife, and clothed them . ”
In order to make clothes of leather and cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, some animal had to die. And nakedness symbolizes the sin into which Adam and Eve fell.
The saying of Adam in Genesis 2:23: “ behold, this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh ” is an important prerequisite for further investigation of our question. Therefore, let us now turn to Eph 5: 30: ” For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones . ”
For the same purpose, let us turn to 1 Corinthians 6:15: “ Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members from Christ to make [them] the members of the harlot? It won’t! ”
And also to 1 Cor. 12:18: ” But God arranged the members, each in the [composition] of the body, as He pleased .”
From these three Scriptures, we can conclude that the bones of Adam or Jesus represent the children of God — members of the Church or the body of Jesus.
Now let’s turn our eyes to Joseph, who is also a beautiful type of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. We read about Joseph’s demand to his brothers regarding his corpse in Genesis 50,24-26: “ And Joseph said to his brothers: I am dying, but God will visit you and bring you out of this land into the land about which he swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
25 And Joseph swore an oath to the children of Israel, saying, God will visit you, and carry up my bones from hence. 26 And Joseph died one hundred and ten years old. And they embalmed him and put him in an ark in Egypt . ”
We read about the fulfillment of this requirement or the assignment of Joseph in Exodus 13, 19: ” And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph, for [Joseph] swore an oath to the sons of Israel, saying: God will visit you, and you will carry my bones away with you . ”
Is this desire for Joseph vanity or narcissism? No way! For the fact that Joseph’s bones were to be buried in Canaan at Shechem has a very deep spiritual significance. Joshua 24,32: ” And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel carried out of Egypt, were buried in Shechem, in a plot of field that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred coins and which was inherited by the sons of Joseph.”
So that the Holy Spirit can now reveal to us the mystery before us, we will briefly consider the city of Shechem and the events associated with it in Scripture.
I will say in advance that Shechem is located between Mount Garizim and Ebal. Mount Ebal is located north of Shechem, and Mount Garizim is south of Shechem.
But since the north on earth (not in heaven!) Symbolizes a curse, and the south symbolizes a blessing, the 6 tribes of Israel should have pronounced a curse on Mount Ebal, and a blessing on Mount Garizim. I read these passages.
Deut 11:29: “ When the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are going to take possession of it, then pronounce the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and curse on Mount Ebal ”.
Deut. 27,12.13: “ These must stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people when you cross the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin; 13 and these must stand on Mount Ebal to [pronounce] the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali . ”
Joshua 8:33: “ All Israel, her elders and overseers [her] and her judges, stood on both sides of the ark against the priests [and] the Levites who bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, both aliens and natural inhabitants, one half of them is at Mount Gerizim, and the other half is at Mount Ebal, as Moses, the servant of the Lord, commanded before to bless the people of Israel . ”
And now I once again draw the reader’s attention to the fact that the bones of Joseph, which symbolize the death of Jesus on Calvary, according to Joshua 24,32, were buried in Shechem. Therefore, Shechem symbolizes Calvary, since Joseph is a type of Jesus.
The fact that Shechem is located between Mount Gerizim and Ebal means that on the cross of Calvary the Lord Jesus bore the curse of the law on Himself and gave the blessing of grace to the whole world in return, Gal. 3:13: “ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, making himself for us by an oath – for it is written: Cursed is everyone who hangs on the tree ”
The word Garizim occurs in the Bible only 4 times, which, according to numerical symbolism, means this world (4 directions of light: north, west, south, east).
So, whoever wants to get to Canaan must definitely go through Shechem: through the death of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary! There is no other way! During the time of grace, the children of God in spirit come to heavenly Canaan through repentance or turning to the Lord Jesus (Acts Acts 26, 18; 1 John 1: 9).
The remnant of God’s people Israel (144,000) will enter the material, earthly Canaan (in the 1000 year Kingdom) on the basis of their testimony or confession (that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel) through two witnesses of the Lord in the 70th week.
Joseph’s corpse was embalmed, placed in an ark, and carefully preserved until Israel’s withdrawal from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan, so that none of his bones were lost. Joseph’s corpse was buried in Shechem.
Based on the above passages from the Bible, we learned that the Church of Jesus is His body. Jesus is the Head and the Church is His body.
And now it should be clear that all the members of the Church of Jesus in their entirety will go to heaven (to heavenly Canaan): no child of God will lose salvation, although in some circles of believers unfortunately they preach the opposite. Not a single person who really repentance and according to Eph. 1: 13 received the Holy Spirit (that is, became a child of God) can lose salvation !!
And now our question can be answered briefly as follows: Jesus’ legs (His bones) were not broken, because they symbolize the children of God who cannot lose salvation .
* In this article I have shown this symbolically, and from the Bible we learn it on the basis of the following messages.
In proving this fact, I do not refer to Jesus’ statement in John 10: 27-29: “ My sheep hear my voice, and I know them; and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand . ”
Because believers who claim that the children of God, despite the statement of Jesus in this place of the Gospel, can lose salvation, say about this statement: “Yes, no one can kidnap me from the hand of the Lord, but I can leave myself …”.
Such a statement emanates the highest degree of insolence and ignorance in the knowledge of the Word of God, because such people place themselves above the authority of the Lord Jesus and the Heavenly Father, about whom Jesus says: ” My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all. ”
In proving the fact that the children of God cannot lose salvation, I rely on completely different passages in the Bible, in which no objection or double meaning is allowed. Let’s start with 1 Peter 1: 23: “ [as] those who were reborn, not from corruptible seed, but from incorruptible, from the word of God, living and abiding forever. “.
Even more specifically, the Holy Spirit informs us about this circumstance in John 1,12.13: “ And to those who received Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the power to be children of God, who are neither of the blood, nor of the desire of the flesh, nor of the desire of a husband but were born of God . ”
And the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus sheds light on our question, John 3: 3-6: “ Jesus answered him: truly, truly, I say to you, if someone is not born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus says to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered: truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit . ”
In the expression: “to be born of water,” Jesus means the Word of God, since in this case water is a type of the Word of God, Eph.5: 25.26: “ Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, 26 to sanctify her by cleansing her with the bath of water through the word . ”
This means that from the Word of God a person first learns everything that is necessary to be saved for eternal life. Then he commits repentance (1 John 1: 9) and according to Eph. 1: 13 he receives the Holy Spirit: “to be born of the Spirit ”.
What happens to a person when sealing (in Russian translation: sealing) by the Holy Spirit? Through the Holy Spirit, the incorruptible seed of God enters into the repentant, which is spoken of in 1 Pet. 1:23.
This phenomenon is similar to what happened to Mary in Luke 1: 35: “The Angel answered Her: The Holy Spirit will come upon You, and the power of the Most High will overshadow You; therefore, the Holy One being born will be called the Son of God . ”
Through the Holy Spirit, the heavenly Father introduced His incorruptible seed and conceived Jesus in Mary! A similar phenomenon occurs in the repentant: through the Holy Spirit, the incorruptible seed of God enters into him. From this seed a new spiritual creation is born in him, which has all the qualities of the Lord Jesus and cannot sin, just as Jesus could not sin (Heb. 4:15).
We meet about the incorruptible seed of God in the born again in 1 John 3: 9: “ Everyone who is born of God does not sin, because His seed dwells in him; and he cannot sin because he was born of God . ”
Why do some circles of believers claim that God’s children can lose salvation? Because they look at the flesh, which, both before a person is born again and after being born again, continues to sin.
Therefore, the Evangelist John writes 1 John 2: 1-2: “ My children! I write this to you so that you will not sin; and if anyone had sinned, then we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous; He is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the [sins] of the whole world . ”
These are the people who, through John, repented and became children of God. John calls them his children because he is their spiritual father. Since John asks them not to sin, then he knows that they have sinned.
Through the eaten forbidden fruit, sin entered the flesh of Adam and Eve. Sin is in the flesh of people, just like leaven is in bread. Try to extract sourdough from bread. No one will succeed! Therefore, even Jesus could not remove sin from the flesh of people.
This is the mystery of Satan’s iniquity. Therefore, Jesus took a completely new path: He gives birth to a completely new spiritual creation in repenting people through God’s seed, which cannot sin like Himself !! This is precisely the wisdom of our merciful and loving Lord Jesus Christ.
It is this new creation (and not flesh), born of the incorruptible seed of God, that the Holy Spirit means in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “ So if anyone is in Christ, [he] is a new creation; the old has passed away, now everything is new . ”
The trouble is that these grief preachers (and ordinary members of the congregations who have absorbed this satanic lie), who claim that the children of God can lose salvation, have completely misunderstood the main thing in the Bible and bring many of God’s children great need, suffering and fear. lose salvation.
Since Satan takes advantage of their ignorance and constantly instills in the children of God this dirty thought: “but you can’t do this, and that can’t be done, and in the end you are still a lost person, etc.” But the Bible tells us something completely different in 1 Cor. 10:23: “ Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is useful; everything is permissible for me, but not everything edifies ”.
What is not permissible and does not edify determines the Holy Spirit and the new creation in the children of God and exhorts the flesh not to do this. Therefore, the flesh (old Adam) and the new creation, which has the being of Jesus Christ, are in constant struggle, Gal 5:17: “ For the flesh desires the opposite to the spirit, and the spirit desires the opposite of the flesh: they oppose each other , so you do not do that, what we would like ” .
The part of the text in bold looks like this in the original: ” so that you do not do what you would like .” And according to the text in the Russian translation of the Bible, it turns out that the children of God really no longer do what their flesh wants. No no! Our flesh still sins in many ways.
Only we must be constantly on the alert so as not to sin. And if we sin, ” then we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One .” We must immediately ask him for the forgiveness of the sin committed in the flesh, so as not to burden the whole Body of Christ. And this process of purification must take place constantly, 1 John 3: 3: “ And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure ” .
“How pure He is”, we will never become, since it is a question of cleansing the flesh from sins. But the Holy Spirit calls us to this, so that as little sins as possible remain on us when we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, 2 Cor. 5:10: “ For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, so that everyone may receive [according to] what he did, living in the body, good or bad . ”
This means that the last sins that we did not consider in ourselves, did not recognize and could not be cleansed of them on earth, will be forgiven us at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Including hereditary sin, which is not forgiven to a person during repentance:
“For the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). If hereditary sin was forgiven, then all those who repented would not die, they would not know the bitterness of death !! In repentance, only personally committed sins are forgiven to a person.
And the less we get rid of the sins of bad deeds, thoughts, words and behavior while living in the body, the less reward we will receive from the Lord.
I give the reader some more information for thought :
1. In Shechem, Abraham built his first altar (Gen. 12,6.7)
2. In Shechem, Jacob also built his first altar (Gen. 33, 18-20)
3. Shechem is a city of refuge and was given to the Levites (I. Nab. 21.21)
4. At Shechem under terevinth, Jacob buried all the foreign gods (idols) of Israel at the entrance to Canaan (Gen. 35: 2-4)
5. Jacob sent Joseph to Shechem to inquire about the state of his brothers. There his brothers tended Jacob’s flocks. But Joseph did not find them there. One of the local residents informed Joseph that his brothers had gone with the herds to Dothan (which means two wells).
6. The cities of refuge in Canaan were Kedesh, Shechem, and Hebron. Why were there three in Canaan, and what do they mean to the children of God?
7. What is the meaning of the three cities of refuge located on the east side of the Jordan? Why are there three of them too?
8. What is the meaning of the 2.5 tribes settling on the east side of the Jordan?
9. Why did Abraham give up Sarah twice?
10. Why does the Lord give Jacob the name Israel twice?
11. Did David lie when in 1 Sam.21: 2 he said: “The king has entrusted me with the matter …”?
12. Why was David three times anointed king? (1 Sam.16,12.13; 2 Sam.2,4; 2 Sam.5.3)
13. Why was Solomon twice anointed as king? (3 Kings 1: 34.39; 1 Chronicles 29, 22).
I wish the reader God’s abundant blessing and much pleasure in pondering these questions. Amen.