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If God Died, How Could He Have Died?
If you believe God died, you are asking the wrong question. In reality, God cannot die because He is life. Moreover, there is no way for God to die. This is why Jesus’ resurrected body is so remarkable. It is also possible to think of God as life itself.
Human nature doesn’t cease to exist in death
The death of human nature does not mean the end of a person. It simply means that death is the result of a disconnect in power. Death is the natural outcome of our disconnect from our Creator. We could have escaped the consequences of death by allowing God to resurrect us from the dead.
Divine nature cannot die
“The Divine nature cannot die,” Ellen White said. Her statement directly refutes the argument that the divine Christ cannot die. “When the Son of God incarnated into a human body, he gave up his divine nature and took on the human nature.” Therefore, the divine nature of Christ cannot die.
The wages of sin is death, and God has no power to die while being in His divine nature. Therefore, since death is the wage of sin, God’s Redeemer must be a human being with human capabilities. Therefore, Jesus must take on human flesh and nature as our savior.
Many people misunderstand the meaning of Ellen White’s statement. In her book “Death and the Devil,” she said, “Christ’s nature was divine, but in His pre-existence, He was a human being.” However, her statement reveals that Christ did experience death in his human nature.
It should be noted that “the divine nature cannot die” means that a person’s humanity and impassibility are separate from their divine nature. According to Cyril of Alexandria, the divine nature cannot die. However, the person of the Word dies according to his humanity. So likewise, God suffers philanthropic, but the wonders of God never die.
Mechanism of death
One of the most compelling theories for the death of Jesus is that he suffered from a traumatic hemorrhagic shock. This shock is a generalized effect of reduced blood perfusion and oxygen deprivation caused by injury or blood loss. Symptoms of this condition include sweating, confusion, and a rapid heartbeat. It also causes tissue ischemia and acidemia. The effects of shock are progressive and often irreversible.
The origin of death is also disputed. According to some theology, God created life and the world according to His nature. In the beginning, the world was “very good,” but death entered the world when man ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God had said that if man ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he would die. His disobedience brought instant death.
According to Christian doctrine, there are three kinds of death: physical, spiritual, and eternal. Jesus died twice – physically and spiritually. In his physical death, he died in two distinct ways. First, he experienced both physical and eternal death, which was necessary to redeem man’s sin. In his physical death, he was the perfect sacrifice for sin.
Jesus’ resurrected body
The resurrection of Christ explains the question, “What does the resurrection body of Christ look like?” The resurrection body of Christ consists of two parts, the physical material body, and the spirit body. The spiritual body is fully responsive to the Holy Spirit and eager to do the will of God. The resurrection body of Christ will never age and will be glorious and powerful.
According to Paul, Jesus’ resurrected body is two-fold: material and spiritual. The first is the earthly body, and the second is the heavenly body animated by God’s Spirit. Paul described the first body as natural and soulish. For example, Adam’s body was made of flesh and bone, but God breathed life into him. The Holy Spirit created the next body. This second body possesses a physical form recognizable as the heavenly body.
The Bible makes clear that Jesus’ resurrection was a physical event. Still, some cults have claimed that the resurrection was spiritual. Regardless of how Jesus was raised, he died by physical death and was physically raised from the dead. This means that the glorified body of Jesus is the same as his body before his death.
If Jesus is God, how could he die?
One question that plagues Christian theology is, “If Jesus is God, how could he die?” Jesus was both fully God and fully man. In the Bible, Jesus said He was sent by the Father to accomplish His will. He obediently followed the Father’s will. And the evidence from the Bible shows that Jesus was obedient.
According to the Bible, Jesus died for the sins of mankind. His death accomplished many things, including forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Adam and Eve were created perfect but chose disobedience from God. This choice profoundly affected their descendants. Those descendants now suffer the consequences of their disobedience.
If Jesus is God, how could he suffer and die? This is a difficult question to answer. One possible answer is that Jesus is both man and God. While Jesus’ physical body died when he was crucified, his spirit was still alive, and his resurrection body became glorified. The resurrection proves that Jesus was more than a man and was the Son of God.
The Bible teaches that Jesus was both God and man. This means that he allowed his universe-creating power to dwell on the earth. In addition, he was sinless and conceived by the Holy Spirit. His body was composed of pneuma, the breath of God. He was fully God and a full man, but he had no sin. As a result, his death was justified.
Jesus was fully God and wholly man
The Bible teaches that Jesus was fully God and fully man when he died on the cross. His incarnation was the result of the Holy Spirit. As the only begotten Son of God, he reveals God as the only true God to humanity. Jesus demonstrates God’s eternal love for humanity as the only human being in history to be sinless. His purpose for taking on human flesh was to bring salvation to mankind.
The early church struggled with the idea that a man could have two natures. Eventually, the church realized that Jesus was full of both natures simultaneously. As a result, Jesus was neither dual-minded nor bipolar nor did His natures mix in a way that would make him appear unbalanced or unholy.
Though Jesus was fully God and wholly man simultaneously, the two natures are mutually exclusive. As fully God, Jesus would not have been able to sin, but as fully man, He experienced all the temptations a human would experience. During his earthly incarnation, Jesus assumed a human body and rational soul. This allows us to see that the Godhead and the manhood are one person.
Jesus was resurrected before or after the Passover meal
If Jesus was resurrected before the Passover meal, then the question would be, “When was it?” The sacrificial feast of the Old Covenant foreshadowed the Crucifixion of Jesus. First, the High Priest, Joseph Caiaphas, chooses a male lamb and sends it to the Temple. He then undergoes the seven-day ritual of purification. Then, he continues his teaching and service to the disciples. During his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knows that the greatness of the cross will far outweigh the pain of his current suffering.
Suppose Jesus was resurrected before or during the Passover meal. In that case, he must have followed the Mosaic Law and eaten the Passover lamb on the appropriate day. The Bible mentions the Passover in Galatians 4:4. Observing the Passover on the right day would have prevented the disciples from questioning whether Jesus was resurrected before or following the Passover meal.
In Jesus’ day, the Temple was governed by the Sadducees. They celebrated the Festival of the First fruits on a Sunday, just before the Passover meal. The second Sabbath of the Jewish calendar, corresponding to Nisan 16 (Sunday), was the first day of the Passover feast. In this context, it is not surprising that the sabbaths of the first resurrection occurred after the Passover meal.