Some say that Jesus is not God because He died upon the Cross.
That is false. Here's the logical syllogism.
1. Jesus is God.
2. Jesus died on the Cross.
3. God died on the Cross.
Let’s consider, what does death mean?
Our souls are said to die when they are separated from God. But that is not true death, just a manner of speaking. They in fact, continue to exist, they are not extinguished. The soul is spiritual. And since spirit is a synonym for life that means they continue to live.
Only physical bodies die. And they die only when their animating spirits no longer animate their bodies. But their spirits are not extinguished. Therefore, when someone or something dies, it is because their spirit no longer animates their bodies. But the spirit continues to exist. It is not extinguished and therefore continues to live.
God, the Supreme Spirit, is never extinguished. God is eternal.
Therefore, when we logically deduce that God died on the Cross, we mean that Jesus' human body was no longer animated by His Spirit. But His Spirit was never extinguished.
Jesus is God and God died on the Cross
But why? Why did God die upon the Cross?
Because it is the only way that the faithful people of the Old Testament could have entered into heaven. It is explained very well in Scripture:
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
My Grandma used to tell me that Jesus Christ had been born in order to die. That seemed senseless to me. But now, I get it.
In order for the faithful Jews who had fulfilled all of God’s commands, to enter into heaven, God had to die. You see, the Old Testament promises are like a Last Will and Testament. In order for those promises to be fulfilled, the Testator or Author of those promises, had to die. There is only one man who fit the description. Because there is only one man who is God.
I’ll give you three guesses, “who?”