Since it was the preparation day,a the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a specialb day). They requested that Pilate have the men's legs broken and that [their bodies] be taken away.c32
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other one who had been crucified with Him.
When they came to Jesus, they did not break His legs since they saw that He was already dead.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.
He who saw this has testifiedd so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth.e36
For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled:f Not one of His bones will be broken. g37
Also, another Scripture says: They will look at the One they pierced. h