Why Did Jesus Die?
- Jesus died in order for humanity to be cleansed of their sins and to be granted an eternity of life. (See also Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 1:7) Jesus’ death also demonstrated that a person may stay faithful to God even when confronted with the most difficult of circumstances. In Hebrews 4:15, the Bible says Just think about how the death of a single person can achieve so much
- Jesus died for the sake of “forgiveness of our sins.” —Colossians 1:14 (NIV). Adam, the first human being, was born sinless and without flaw. He, on the other hand, decided to defy God. Adam’s disobedience, often known as sin, had far-reaching consequences for all of his descendants. “Many were made sinners as a result of the disobedience of one man,” according to the Bible’s explanation. Scripture reference: Romans 5:19. Jesus was likewise without flaw, yet he never committed a sin. As a result, Jesus has the potential to be “an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 2:2
- See also footnote ) Similar to how Adam’s transgression polluted the human family with sin, so Jesus’ sacrifice washed away the stain of sin from the hearts of those who put their faith in him. In a way, Adam sold the human race into the sin of disobedience. By freely dying on our behalf, Jesus repurchased humankind and claimed it as his own. Consequently, “if somebody does commit sin, we have a helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is righteous,” says the apostle Paul. — 1 John 2:1
- Jesus died “so that everyone exercising trust in him could not be destroyed, but might have eternal life,” according to the Bible. —John 3: 16 Despite the fact that Adam was designed to live forever, his transgression resulted in the imposition of the sentence of death upon him. “Sin entered the world via Adam, and death entered the world through sin, and death spread to all mankind because they had all sinned,” the Bible says. In Romans 5:12, the Bible says In contrast, Jesus’ death not only wiped the stain of sin off the face of the earth, but it also revoked the death sentence for anyone who places their trust in him. The following is how the Bible summarizes the situation: “Just as sin reigned as king with death, so too could undeserved kindness reign as king with righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” says the apostle Paul. – Paul in Romans 5:21. Humans, of course, still have a finite life span in the modern world. To the contrary, God promises to provide virtuous individuals perpetual life and to raise the dead in order for them to profit from Jesus’ sacrificial death as well. Scripture references: Psalm 37:29
- 1 Corinthians 15:22
- It was through his obedience to the point of death that Jesus demonstrated that a human may remain faithful to God in the face of any test or adversity. —Philippians 2:8 (NASB). The reason Adam disobeyed God even though he had a wonderful intellect and body is that he had a selfish yearning for something that was not his. (Genesis 2:16, 17
- Genesis 3:6) Then there was Satan, God’s primary adversary, who stated that no human being would unselfishly follow God, especially if his or her life was on the line. Job 2:4 (Job 2:5) Even though he died in dishonor and agony, the ideal man Jesus followed God and remained devoted to him throughout the entire world. (See also Hebrews 7:26.) This absolutely put an end to the situation: A human being can stay faithful to God no matter what test or challenge is placed in front of him
- Why did Jesus have to suffer and die in order to redeem human beings? What was God thinking when he didn’t just revoke the death sentence? It is written in God’s law that “the penalty of sin is death.” (See Romans 6:23.) Because God did not want to keep this commandment hidden from Adam, he informed him that the consequence for disobeying would be death. (Genesis 3:3
- 3:5) When Adam sinned, God, who “cannot lie,” stood by his word and did not punish him. (See Titus 1:2.) Not only did Adam pass on sin to his progeny, but he also passed on the penalty for sin – death. Despite the fact that wicked humanity deserve the sentence of death, God extended to them “the riches of his undeservedkindness,” according to the Bible. (See also Ephesians 1:7) It was both deeply reasonable and extraordinarily gracious of God to make a provision to redeem people by sending Jesus as the ideal sacrifice. When did Jesus die, exactly? During the Jewish Passover, Jesus died at “the ninth hour,” which is the ninth hour from dawn, or around three o’clock in the afternoon. (See footnote on Mark 15:33-37.) According to contemporary calendars, this day corresponds to Friday, April 1, 33 C.E., which is on a Friday. What was the location of Jesus’ death? When Jesus was executed, it took place in “the so-called Skull Place,” which is known as Golgothain Hebrew. (See also John 19:17, 18) In Jesus’ day, this location was considered to be “outside the city gate” of Jerusalem. (See also Hebrews 13:12) It’s possible that it was on a hill because the Bible indicates that several people witnessed Jesus’ death “from a distance.” (Matthew 15:40) However, the exact site of Golgotha cannot be verified with precision at this time
- What happened to Jesus after he died is also unknown. However, despite popular belief that Jesus was crucified — that is, killed on a cross — the Bible states that “His own self bore our sins in his own body upon the tree.” The King James Version of 1 Peter 2:24 states that During Jesus’ execution, the Bible writers employed two Greek terms to allude to the weapon of his death: stauros andxylon. Many academics have come to the conclusion that these phrases allude to a beam or an upright stake constructed of a single piece of wood. How should Jesus’ death be commemorated today? On the eve of the annual Jewish Passover, Jesus created a simple practice with his disciples and instructed them to “keep doing this in remember of me” (keep doing this in memory of me). (1 Corinthians 11:24) The Bible says: Jesus was put to death a few hours after that. The lamb killed at the Passover was linked to Jesus by the writers of the Bible. (See 1 Corinthians 5:7 for further information). A memorial service for Jesus Christ’s death, just as the Passover celebration served to remind the Israelites that they had been delivered from slavery, serves to remind Christians that they, too, have been set free from sin and death. Every year, Jews celebrated the Passover, which was celebrated on Nisan 14 according to the lunar calendar
- The early Christians honored the Memorial Day on the same day every year. A memorial service for Jesus’ death is held annually on the date corresponding to Nisan 14
- Millions of people across the world attend.
Why Did Jesus Suffer and Die?
“Via one mansin, death entered the world, and death entered the world through sin.” — Romans 5:12 (NIV) What would you answer if someone asked you, “Do you want to live forever?” What would you respond? The vast majority of individuals would undoubtedly respond that they want to, but that they believe it is unreasonable to even consider doing so right now. Death, according to some, is a normal aspect of life and the inevitable consequence of our existence. Imagine, though, that the question was put in the other manner, and you were asked, “Are you prepared to die?” Under normal conditions, the vast majority of people would say no.
Regardless of the challenges and tribulations we endure, our basic and natural urge is to continue to exist.
Even more specifically, it states that “he has even placed eternity in their hearts.” — Ecclesiastes 3:11 (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
So what exactly went wrong?
The answers provided by the Bible are encouraging, because they have a direct influence on why Jesus suffered and died.
WHAT WENT WRONG
We learn from the first three chapters of the Bible’s book of Genesis that God presented Adam and Eve with the prospect of an eternal life and instructed them on how to get it by following the instructions God gave them. The text then details how they failed to obey God and therefore lost their chance at salvation. The narrative is delivered in a straightforward manner — so straightforwardly, in fact, that some dismiss it as folklore. However, Genesis, like the Gospels, provides every sign of being a historically accurate account of events.
The Bible provides the following response: “Through one mansin, death entered the world, and death spread to all men since they had all sinned.” (See also Romans 5:12) Adam sinned because he refused to follow God.
Because we are his progeny, we have inherited his evil state of mind.
This hypothesis for why humans die is consistent with what we now understand about genetics.
WHAT GOD HAS DONE
No doubt, God made preparations to redeem, or purchase back, what Adam had taken away from the world for his successors, which was the hope of eternal life. What method did God use to accomplish this? “Death is the penalty of sin,” the Bible states in Romans 6:23. This implies that death is a natural result of human sin. Adam sinned, and as a result, he perished. In the same way, we sin and as a result, we are exposed to death, which is the punishment for sin. We, on the other hand, were born into this sinful position through no fault of ours.
What is the procedure for doing this?
Since one man, the perfect man Adam, inflicted sin and death upon us via his disobedience, it was necessary for another perfect man to be obedient even to death in order to free us from that responsibility.
He left heaven, transformed became a perfect man*, and died in our place on our behalf. The outcome is that we have the possibility of achieving righteousness before God and gaining the prospect of an eternity in heaven.
WHY JESUS SUFFERED AND DIED
However, why was it necessary for Jesus to die in order to achieve this goal? It would have been simpler for Almighty God to simply issue an order granting Adam’s descendants the ability to live indefinitely. He had every right to do so, and he did it nevertheless. However, this would have been in violation of his proclaimed law that the penalty of sin is death. That law is not a trivial regulation that may be ignored or amended at the whim of the government. It is essential to the administration of real justice.
- Many people would have questioned if God would do the same thing in future situations, had he decided to ignore justice in this case.
- Would he be just in doing so, for example?
- God’s faithfulness to justice in the course of working out our salvation provides us with confidence that he will always do the right thing.
- Take note of Jesus’ remarks from John 3:16, which are as follows: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone who puts their confidence in him should not perish but could have eternal life,” the Bible says.
- The question remains, however, as to why Jesus had to suffer and die in such a horrific manner as recorded in the Gospels.
- (Job 2:4; Job 2:5) After Satan tricked Adam into committing sin, that allegation could have appeared to be genuine.
- Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:45 that As a result, he demonstrated that Adam could have obeyed God if he had made the decision to do so.
- The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21 that God honored his Son for his faultless obedience by bestowing on him the gift of eternal life in paradise.
HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT
Jesus’ death did, in fact, take place. The path to an eternal existence is now clear. Do you wish to live indefinitely? We can see what Jesus was referring to when he stated, “This implies eternal life, their coming to know you, the one and only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ,” which means coming to know you, the only real God, and Jesus Christ. — John 17:3 (KJV). The editors of this publication extend an invitation to you to learn more about Jehovah, the one and only true God, as well as about his Son, Jesus Christ.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses in your neighborhood would be delighted to assist you in any way they can. You can also find useful information on our website, which is updated often.
Jesus—Why He Died
“The Son of Man came. to sacrifice his soul as a ransom in return for the souls of many,” says the Bible. THE TIMES OF MARK 10:45 JESUS was prepared for what was to come. He was well aware that he would not be able to live his life in peace. He had no doubts about his life being cruelly cut short while still in his thirties, and he was perfectly prepared to face his own mortality at the age of thirty. The death of Jesus is given a tremendous deal of significance in the Bible. According to one reference source, the death of Jesus is directly referenced around 175 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures, sometimes known as the New Testament.
We must be aware of this because the death of Jesus may have a significant impact on our lives.
What Jesus expected
When he was in the final year of his life, Jesus warned his followers on multiple occasions about the pain and death that lay ahead of him. “The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and they will deliver him to men of the nations, and they will make fun of him and spit upon him and scourge him and kill him,” he told his 12 apostles as they traveled to Jerusalem to observe his final Passover. * (See Mark 10:33-34.) Who could explain why he was so confident of what would happen to him?
(18:31-33) (Luke 18:31-33) Consider some of the predictions that were fulfilled, as well as the Scripture references that explain how they were accomplished.
The Messiah would be.
- Betrayed for the sum of thirty pieces of silver. — ZECHARIAH 11:12
- MATTHEW 26:14-16
- Struck, spat on, and beaten. Matthew 26:67
- ISAIAH 50:6
- Mark 15:24, 25
- Reviled while being burned at the stake. — PSALM 22:16, footnote
- Matthew 27:39-43
- Psalm 22:7, 8
- Proverbs 21:7, 8
- He was executed without a single bone being fractured in the process. — PSALM 34:20
- JOHN 19:33,36
- JAMES 1:18
These, as well as several other prophesies, were fulfilled by Jesus. The only way he could have pulled this off was with the help of others. The fact that Jesus was able to fulfill all of these prophesies demonstrates that he was, in fact, God’s chosen one. * Why, on the other hand, was it essential for Jesus to be crucified and killed?
Jesus died in order to settle vital issues
Jesus was well aware of the concerns of worldwide significance that had been raised in the garden of Eden, and he addressed them directly. Adam and Eve made the decision to defy God after being influenced by a rebellious spirit creation. With their disobedience, the pair called into doubt the legitimacy of God’s sovereignty, or means of reigning, on the earth. Their transgression also raised the question of whether or not any people would be able to demonstrate their loyalty to God when put to the test.
3:1-6; Job 2:1-5; Genesis 3:1-6.
Because of his complete obedience “all the way to the point of death.
(Philippians 2:8; Philippians 2:9) Jesus also demonstrated that a perfect man may keep absolute honesty with Jehovah even in the face of the most terrible hardships.
Jesus died in order to redeem humankind
The prophet Isaiah prophesied that the suffering and death of the anticipated Messiah would give atonement for the sins of humanity. (See Isaiah 53:5 and 10) It is apparent that Jesus recognized this, and he gladly offered “his soul as a ransom in return for many.” (See Matthew 20:28 for further information.) Ultimately, it was his sacrificial death that made it possible for sinful humanity to have a good relationship with Jehovah and to be saved from sin and death.
The death of Jesus provides us with the opportunity to reclaim what Adam and Eve lost — the hope of living eternally in pristine conditions on this planet. — Revelation 21:3, 4. — Revelation 21:3, 4.
What you can do
In this series of articles, we’ve looked at what the Bible says about Jesus, including where he came from, what he did while on earth, and why he died on the cross. Knowing the realities about Jesus may do more than just dispel myths about him. It can help you grow closer to him. A better life now and an everlasting existence in the future can be obtained by acting in accordance with their wishes and teachings. The Bible instructs us on what we must do in order to receive these rewards, and it does so in detail.
- Learn more about Jesus Christ and his role in the fulfillment of Jehovah’s plan. The text is found in JOHN 17:3
- Demonstrate your trust in Jesus by living a life that demonstrates your acceptance of him as your Savior. — JAMES 3:36
- ACTS 5:31
- JOHN 3:36
Jehovah’s Witnesses would be delighted to assist you in learning more about Jesus Christ, the “only-begotten Son” of God, through whom we might receive the gift of “everlasting life,” as well as other aspects of Christianity. In the book of John, verse 16, we read, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written,
Did Jesus Die on a Cross?
Did Jesus Die on a Cross, as Some Believe?
The Bible’s answer
Many people believe that the cross is the most well recognized emblem of Christianity. Due to the fact that the Bible does not explain the instrument of Jesus’ death, no one can say with perfect certainty what shape it was in. While this is true, the Bible also gives proof that Jesus died on an upright stake rather than a cross. When referring to the instrument of Jesus’ death, the Greek wordstauros are frequently used in the Bible. (Matthew 27:40; John 19:17; Mark 10:45) Many historians believe that the main meaning of this term is really “upright stake,” despite the fact that it is frequently rendered as “cross” in translations.
The Greek wordxylonas, which is a synonym for the wordstauros, is also used in the Bible.
* According to the Companion Bible, “There is nothing in the Greek of the New Testament that even remotely suggests two pieces of lumber.”
Is using the cross in worship acceptable to God?
Acrux simplex is the Latin phrase for a single stake that is used for impalement of criminals, and it is a type of stake. We should not utilize the crucifixion in worship, regardless of the shape of the instrument on which Jesus died, as evidenced by the following facts and Bible scriptures.
- God disapproves of worship that incorporates pictures or symbols, such as the cross. God instructed the Israelites not to worship in “the shape of any sign,” and Christians are instructed to “flee from idolatry” in the same way. The following passages from Deuteronomy 4: 15-19
- 1 Corinthians 10:14
- The cross was not used in worship by Christians in the first century. The apostles’ teachings and lifestyle serve as a model to which all Christians should aspire to live their lives. — 2 Thessalonians 2: 15
- 2 Timothy 3:15
- The use of the cross in religious ceremonies has a pagan history. * Hundreds of years after Jesus’ death, when the churches had strayed from his teachings, new church members “were permitted to keep a significant number of their pagan emblems and symbols,” including the cross. (Source: The Expanded Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, 2nd ed.) The Bible, on the other hand, does not condone the use of pagan symbols to aid in the conversion of new believers. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:17 that
Jesus’ Death and Resurrection (Chart)
|Nisan 14||Jerusalem||Jesus identifies Judas as traitor and dismisses him||26:21-25||14:18-21||22:21-23||13:21-30|
|Institutes the Lord’s Evening Meal (1Co 11:23-25)||26:26-29||14:22-25||22:19, 20,24-30|
|Foretells Peter’s denials and scattering of apostles||26:31-35||14:27-31||22:31-38||13:31-38|
|Promises helper; illustration of true vine; gives command to love; last prayer with apostles||14:1–17:26|
|Gethsemane||Agony in the garden; Jesus’ betrayal and arrest||26:30,36-56||14:26,32-52||22:39-53||18:1-12|
|Jerusalem||Questioned by Annas; trial by Caiaphas, Sanhedrin; Peter denies him||26:57–27:1||14:53–15:1||22:54-71||18:13-27|
|Judas the betrayer hangs himself (Ac 1:18, 19)||27:3-10|
|Before Pilate, then Herod, and back to Pilate||27:2,11-14||15:1-5||23:1-12||18:28-38|
|Pilate seeks his release but Jews ask for Barabbas; sentenced to death on the torture stake||27:15-30||15:6-19||23:13-25||18:39–19:16|
|(c. 3:00 p.m., Friday)||Golgotha||Dies on torture stake||27:31-56||15:20-41||23:26-49||19:16-30|
|Jerusalem||Body taken from the stake and placed in tomb||27:57-61||15:42-47||23:50-56||19:31-42|
|Nisan 15||Jerusalem||Priests and Pharisees get guard for tomb and seal it||27:62-66|
|Nisan 16||Jerusalem and vicinity; Emmaus||Jesus resurrected; appears five times to disciples||28:1-15||16:1-8||24:1-49||20:1-25|
|After Nisan 16||Jerusalem; Galilee||Makes more appearances to disciples (1Co 15:5-7;Ac 1:3-8); instructs; commissions disciple-making||28:16-20||20:26–21:25|
|Iyyar 25||Mount of Olives, near Bethany||Jesus’ ascension, 40th day after his resurrection (Ac 1:9-12)||24:50-53|
Events at Jesus’ Death (Matthew 27)
MATTHEW 27:45-56 is a passage from the New Testament. MARK 15:33-41 is a passage from the Bible. LUKE 23:44-49 (Luke 23:44-49) 1 JOHN 19:25-29
- JESUS DIES ON THE STAKE
- UNEXPECTED OCCURRENCES DURING JESUS’ DEATH
It is now the “sixth hour,” which is also known as noon. “Until the ninth hour,” which is three o’clock in the afternoon, a peculiar darkness descends “over the entire nation.” (Matthew 15:33) This spooky blackness is not produced by a solar eclipse, as some have speculated. Because it is Passover season during this time of the year, they occur during the time of a new moon instead. And this darkness lasts considerably longer than the brief period of time when an eclipse does. As a result, God has brought about this darkness!
- Four ladies are on their way to the torture stake during this dreadful era.
- “By the torture stake,” the apostle John is with Jesus’ sorrowful mother, according to the Bible.
- It feels to her like she has been wounded by “a long blade.” (See also John 19:25 and Luke 2:35) Despite his excruciating discomfort, Jesus is concerned about her well-being.
- It’s your son!” When he sees Mary, he says to John, with a nod, “See!
- Apparently, his mother has become a widow, and Jesus entrusts the care of his mother to the apostle, whom Jesus particularly admires.
- As a result, he is making provisions for his mother’s bodily as well as spiritual care requirements.
- Approximately at the moment the darkness ends, Jesus declares, “I am thirsty.” In doing so, he is carrying out the teachings of the Bible.
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” Christ exclaims in what appears to be Aramaic of a Galilean dialect: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” the phrase reads in part.
“Elijah is the name he has given him.” One of them dashes forward and, holding a sponge drenched in sour wine on the end of a reed, administers a sip to Jesus.
See if Elijah shows up to bring him down.” — Mark 15:34-36, emphasis added.
(See also John 19:30) Yes, he has completed all of the tasks that his Father assigned him to while on earth.
(Matthew 23:46) So, Jesus surrenders his life power to Jehovah, trusting that God would return it to him at the appropriate time.
At that point, a powerful earthquake strikes, causing rocks to crack apart.
Visitors to “the holy city” who see the dead corpses exposed are encouraged to enter and report what they have just observed.
The incredible occurrence is a demonstration of God’s anger towards those who murdered his Son, and it indicates that the entrance into the Most Holy, which is heaven itself, has now become possible because of it.
As you could expect, the people get quite alarmed.
After some time, he comes to the conclusion that Jesus is righteous and, more importantly, that he is the Son of God.
(Matthew 23:48) A large number of female disciples, some of whom traveled with Jesus at various times, are among those who are watching from a distance. They, too, are profoundly affected by all of these historic occurrences.
Did Jesus Really Die for Me?
THE BIBLE is brimming with emotional statements from men who “shared our feelings,” as they say. (See also James 5:17.) Take, for example, Paul’s forthright admission in Romans 7:21-24, which we can easily relate to. “Even when I want to do what is good, I am confronted by what is wrong. Miserable guy that I am!” says the author. When we are confronted with our own inadequacies, we might take comfort in such genuine sentiments. Paul also shared his genuine emotions in different ways. The apostle Paul proclaimed his conviction in Galatians 2:20, that Jesus “loved and gave himself up for” him personally!
Perhaps not all of the time.
If this is the case, we will find it difficult to accept the ransom sacrifice as a personal gift from Him.
If that’s the case, what can we do to make it happen?
JESUS’ VIEW OF HIS SACRIFICE
Yes, Jesus desires for us to regard his death as a personal gift from him. What gives us confidence in this? Assume you are in the incident described in Luke 23:39-43. A guy is dangling on a torture stake in the vicinity of Jesus. He acknowledges that he has committed misconduct in the past. Because this heinous penalty was reserved for the most heinous of criminals, the offense must have been very awful. When confronted with the reality of his predicament, the man begs Jesus to “remember me when you get into your Kingdom.” What did Jesus have to say in response?
- In spite of his pain, Jesus manages to crack a genuine grin and comfort the guy, saying: “Truly I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise.” Simply reminding the guy that “the Son of Man came.
- When he used the personal pronouns “you” and “me,” he established a congenial atmosphere.
- Jesus, without a doubt, desired for this guy to receive his sacrifice as a personal gift from him.
- What can we do, therefore, to build such a positive self-image despite our previous transgressions?
WHAT HELPED PAUL
Paul’s ministry had an impact on how he perceived Jesus’ death and resurrection. What do you mean? In his words, “I am glad to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, since he has regarded me faithful by appointing me to a ministry, despite the fact that I was previously labeled a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man.” (1 Tim. 1:12-14). (1 Tim. 1:12-14). Paul’s mission served as a reminder to him of Jesus’ kindness, love, and faith in him as a personal friend. In the same way, Jesus has entrusted us with a personal ministry.
- 28:19, 20) Is it possible that it will have a similar effect on us?
- However, when I am in the ministry, I have the impression that, like the apostle Paul, I have been personally entrusted with a ministry by Jesus.
- As you study alongside people from various walks of life, remind them of Jesus’ mercy and love for them throughout the process.
- The fact that a sinner like me may share the good news with others is something I praise Jehovah for.
I believe that he employs me to assist others who are experiencing similar difficulties.” Our personal ministry enables us to direct our attention and resources toward beneficial activities and thinking patterns. It serves to reaffirm us of Jesus’ kindness, love, and faith in our abilities.
JEHOVAH IS GREATER THAN OUR HEARTS
Our hearts may continue to blame us as a result of our previous mistakes until Satan’s wicked system is completely eliminated from the world. What can we do to counteract these kinds of feelings? For Jean, who frequently suffers with feelings of guilt about the double life she led when she was younger, the phrase “God is larger than our hearts” is a comforting reminder. (1) 1 John 3:19, 20; (2) Even though we are sinners, we may take solace in the knowledge that Jehovah and Jesus have a much more accurate understanding of our situation than we do.
In 1 Timothy 1:15, the apostle Paul says, The way we prayfully think on the way Jesus handled flawed humans, as well as our efforts to carry out the ministry he has given us, help us to be certain of this great reality.
Did Jesus Die on a Cross? — Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY
What Is the Biblical Point of View? Is it true that Jesus died on a cross? WAS IT A MISJOURNEY ON MY PART? Had the church’s leaders made a mistake? It’s possible that citizens of Cartagena, Spain, were asking themselves similar concerns not long ago. Why? In response to an anti-Christmas billboard depicting Christ impaled, not on a cross, but rather onto a straight stake devoid of any kind of cross beam. The teaching that Jesus Christ was crucified has persisted for generations among professing Christians.
Does it appear that Christ did not die on the cross, however?
In the words of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, “The cross has been employed as a religious symbol and an adornment since the birth of human civilisation, owing to its simplicity of shape.” More than a few items, dating from far before the Christian era and stamped with crosses of various patterns, have been discovered in practically every section of the ancient world.” (Vol.
- Of course, this does not rule out the possibility that Jesus died on the cross.
- The Romans, on the other hand, frequently executed individuals by hanging them from poles that did not have crossbars.
- If a modern artist had stood before the dying Jesus on the cross, he may have been able to leave us with an authentic depiction of that momentous occasion in history.
- We do, however, have the statements of an eyewitness who has agreed to be recorded.
- Jesus gazed down from the cross, away from the instrument of his torment and death, and saw “the disciple whom he loved,” the apostle John.
- (See also John 19:25-30.) As a result, John was present.
In order to describe the instrument of Christ’s crucifixion, John used the Greek wordstauros, which in the New World Translation is interpreted as “torture stake.” (See also John 19:17,19, and 25.) Essentially, the word stauros means the same thing as it does in the common Greek of the Christian Scriptures: an upright stake or pole that does not have a crossbar.
The cross served as an implement of execution, consisting of a spike driven vertically into the ground.
Even among the Romans, thecrux(from which ourcrossis derived) appears to have been originally an upright pole, and this has always remained the more prominent part.” Another reference work says: — The Imperial Bible Dictionary (in English).
Christ purchased our freedom from the Law by becoming a curse in our place, as it is written: ‘Every man who is hung on a stake is cursed.'” The Christian apostle Paul adds, “Christ purchased our freedom from the Law by becoming a curse in our place.” (Galatians 3:13) It was Deuteronomy that he quoted, which mentions hanging the corpse of an executed person on a “stake,” but then goes on to say, “His dead body should not stay all night on the stake; but you should by all means bury him on that day, because something accursed of God is the one hung up; and you must not defile your soil.” — Deuteronomy 21:22, 23.
- Was this “stake” a cross, or something else?
- In fact, the Hebrews had no term for the classic cross, which was a significant development.
- When it comes to Deuteronomy 21:22 and 23, the Hebrew word translated “stake” isets, which refers to a tree or wood in general and a wooden post in particular.
- ‘Atimberwill be dragged out of his home, and he will be impaled upon it,’ says Ezra 6:11 in reference to those who break a Persian king’s command.
- The Greek wordxylon was used by the translators of theSeptuagint Version to interpret Deuteronomy 21:22, 23 (the “stake”) and Ezra 6:11 (the “wood”), which is the same phrase that Paul used atGalatians 3:13 in his translation.
- (See 1 Peter 2:24.) In fact, xylonis used the term “stake” to refer to the stake on which Jesus was crucified on a number of different occasions.
- There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that in the event of Jesus’ impalement, a stake with a crossbeam was used.
- The result is that Jehovah’s witnesses, who originally featured a cross on the front cover of their publication The Watchtower, no longer employ such a sign today.
- As far as I can see, the instrument of Jesus’ agony and death does not deserve the same level of devotion as the gallows on which a loved one may have perished unjustly.
- Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:5–6 that These issues are frequently brought up during their sessions.
And, like the early Christians, they memorialize Jesus’ death on the cross every year with the celebration of the Lord’s evening feast. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) You will get a warm welcome at any and all of these meetings held in the local Kingdom Hall.
Who Is Jesus Christ?
Jesus, unlike any other human, spent his early years in heaven as a spirit person before coming to earth to be born. (See also John 8:23) He was God’s very first creation, and he played an important role in the creation of everything else. He is the only one who has been personally made by Jehovah, and as such, he is correctly referred to as God’s “only-begotten” Son. (See also John 1:14) Because Jesus acted as God’s representative, he is sometimes referred to as “the Word.” — Read Proverbs 8:22, 23, 30, and Colossians 1:15, 16, for inspiration.
2. Why did Jesus come to the earth?
By transferring his life from heaven to the womb of a virgin Jewess named Mary, God brought his Son to earth for the first time. As a result, Jesus never had a biological father. (See Luke 1:29-35) Jesus came to the world for three reasons: (1) to teach the truth about God, (2) to provide an example for us in how to accomplish God’s will even when we are facing problems, and (3) to offer his perfect life as “a ransom” for those who have rejected him. — Read Matthew 20:28 in its entirety.
3. Why do we need a ransom?
A ransom is the sum of money paid in exchange for the release of a person from the threat of death. (30:29, 30) Exodus 21:29, 30 Death and old age were not intended to be a part of God’s original plan for humanity. What evidence do we have to support this? God warned the first man, Adam, that if he did something that the Bible refers to as “sin,” he would perish. Because of Adam’s fall into sin, he would not have perished. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 5:5, for example) Death, according to the Bible, “entered” the world of humans through Adam and his descendants.
We require a ransom to be paid in order to be freed from the punishment of death that we received from our forefather Adam.
Who would be willing to pay the ransom to save us from certain death?
No one, no matter how flawed, can atone for the faults of others.
4. Why did Jesus die?
Jesus, on the other hand, was faultless. As a result, he did not have to die for his crimes because he had never done any. Jesus, on the other hand, died in order to atone for the sins of others. God’s tremendous love for mankind was demonstrated by the sending of his Son to die in our place. Jesus also demonstrated his love for us by following his Father and willingly surrendering his life as a sacrifice for our sins. — Read John 3:16, Romans 5:18, and Romans 5:19. Take a look at the video What Was the Reason for Jesus’ Death?
5. What is Jesus doing now?
When Jesus was on earth, he healed the sick, resurrected the dead, and rescued individuals who were in danger. He displayed what he intends to do in the future for all of obedient mankind in this manner. (Matthew 15:30, 31; John 5:28; Luke 15:30, 31) Following Jesus’ death, God brought him back to life as a spirit person. Peter (3:18) explains that After then, Jesus sat at God’s right side until Jehovah granted him the authority to rule as King over all of creation. (See also Hebrews 10:12, 13) Now that Jesus has ascended to the throne of glory in heaven, his followers are spreading the good news across the world.
Soon, Jesus will use his authority as King to put a stop to all suffering and punish those who are responsible for it. All those who put their faith in Jesus and follow his commands will live in a paradise on this planet. — Take a look at Psalm 37:9-11.
Did Jesus Die on a Torture Stake?
When I speak with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I have a strategy in mind. In this way, we may avoid becoming distracted over the course of our discussion. My approach, on the other hand, wasn’t always that calculated. I used to get easily distracted and lose track of what I was talking about. It was as a result of this that I would leave the talk feeling aggravated. My memory recalls an animated debate I had with two nice Jehovah’s Witnesses about the nature of atonement, which was particularly fruitful.
The problem was that it was in a direction I was not prepared for.
The reasons for Jesus’ death on the cross are fundamentally different according to what I learned about Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Witnesses of Jehovah believe that Jesus was crucified on a stake rather than a cross.
Many issues arise when it comes to the belief that Jesus was burned at the stake.
At one point in time, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, which claims to be God’s prophet on the planet today, taught that Christ was crucified on the cross.
They used this as a component of their official logo for more than 40 years.
Rutherford has said on several occasions that Jesus died on a cross.
It is the crucifixion of Christ that is the grand central truth of the divine order, and it is from it that the hopes of humanity radiate” (141, emphasis added).
This is not supposed to be a humiliating experience for them.
Here’s the most important question you need to ask yourself: What could possibly go wrong if The Watchtower is a genuine prophet of God—one who speaks on behalf of Jehovah—in this case?
At the very least, this should lead them to have second thoughts about their claimed prophet.
This takes us to the final four points of the list.
As a result, the word itself is insufficient to determine whether it was a cross or anything else.
As a result, we must hunt for indications in the text to determine whether the object was a cross or a stake.
This is an important aspect that may easily be overlooked if you’re not paying attention.
According to this scripture, there was a nail for each of the hands.
After all, just one nail was required when a person was nailed to a cross and burned at the stake.
What Does the Bible Really Teach?
They contain a depiction of Jesus on a stake with only one nail passing through both of his hands.
Fourth, Jesus depicts the manner in which Peter would be crucified, including the fact that his arms are spread.
When you get older, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will dress and carry you to places you do not want to go.
(See also John 21:18–19.) The majority of experts think that Jesus is referring to the crucifixion on a cross when he says “you will extend out your hands.” It goes without saying that this statement makes little sense in the context of a stake-mounted crucifixion.
After all, if Jesus were to be burned at the stake, the sign would be put over His hands rather than His head.
A Jehovah’s Witness is unlikely to be convinced by any of these pieces of evidence examined individually, but when taken collectively, they give compelling evidence that Jesus died on the cross.
However, even if I was successful in persuading them that Jesus died on the cross, they would remain unsaved.
That is why my major purpose will always be to restore it to its original status as the Son of God. The reason for His crucifixion is considerably more essential than the manner in which He was crucified.