In his essay, “The Holy Grail,” Sergius Bulgakov makes a fascinating observation about John 19:34 about the blood and water flowing out of Jesus’ side when pierced by the spear of Longinus on the cross. Bulgakov notes that what flows out of the wound in Jesus’ side are the sacramental gifts of God to the church, baptismal water and eucharistic blood.
Out of the side of the First Adam in the Genesis narrative was created Eve, the bride and perfection of created co-humanity. Out of the side of the Last Adam flowed the life-creating gifts of the bride of Christ, the glorious inhabitant of the City of God. The creation and transfiguration of humanity alike are grounded the wounded flesh of Adams, the first leading to death and the last to endless life.