Humanity, Divinity, and Death

27 Jun

Hello again!

(The following verses are, as you may be able to guess, where Jesus is being crucified.) This is what God gave me today in His word:

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. (Matthew 27:50)

Now, there are several Christians, quite a lot in fact, that claim Jesus actually died. Now, I agree with this completely, I completely believe that Jesus died completely, and then three days later rose again. However, people tend to mix up “death” as we know it to be today, and the death which Jesus died. “Death” implies a forceful taking, some would call it a “stealing”, of life. (Of course for the Christian, life never ends, I’m using “life” in this context to represent our Spirit being trapped in flesh and bone. Thus, “dying” in the context which we’re looking at it, is releasement.) Jesus’ life wasn’t stolen from Him, rather, we see the verse says that He, “yielded up his spirit.” He gave up, willingly, His Spirit. Something which Jesus Himself tells us is true:

17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life —only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:17-18)

The main reason I bring this up, is to answer one of the arguments which those who don’t believe in the Trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit bring up, in order to attempt to state that the dual nature of Christ; that He is both fully God, and fully man, to be a contradiction. i.e. That God cannot die, yet Jesus did. The thing about this, is that Jesus did not die, as we think of dying. He lived, even after He died. Though it’s true His physical, mortal body came to the end of its service, His Spirit lived. It’s impossible to put God in a box, and say that He must always maintain a single form. No one really has any clue what God looks like, or what He consists of, or if He even consists of anything at all. God is so far out of our grasp of understanding, that we simply cannot look at Jesus, taking our sin nature onto Himself, and dying, and claim that the was His end. Assuming that Jesus really is God, and Scripture says that He is (i.e. John 5:7-8), physical death would not mean His being coming to an end, as death implies.

To put it more rather more simply: Jesus’ human self died, and along with Him died our sin nature, guilt, and condemnation. However, His divine self did not die, rather His divine self went on to preach hope and salvation to the captives in Hell, and then to rise again.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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