and he who hath seen hath testified, and his testimony is true, and that one hath known that true things he speaketh, that ye also may believe.
John 19:35 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that saw it - Most probably John himself, who must have been pretty near the cross to have been able to distinguish between the blood and the water, as they issued from the side of our blessed Lord.
And he knoweth - This appears to be an appeal to the Lord Jesus, for the truth of the testimony which he had now delivered. But why such a solemn appeal, unless there was something miraculous in this matter? It might appear to him necessary:
1. Because the other evangelists had not noticed it.
2. Because it contained the most decisive proof of the death of Christ: as a wound such as this was could not have been inflicted, (though other causes had been wanting), without occasioning the death of the person; and on his dying for men depended the salvation of the world. And,
3. Because two important prophecies were fulfilled by this very circumstance, both of which designated more particularly the person of the Messiah. A bone of him shall not be broken, Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 34:20. They shall look upon him whom they pierced, Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman, behold your son!
John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifies of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
Hebrews 2:3,4 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord...
1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ...
1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on...
John 11:15,42 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent you may believe; nevertheless let us go to him...
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe.
John 17:20,21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word...
John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God...
Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...
1 John 5:13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life...
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