Who Died on the Cross?

Who died on the cross?

In My Experience, only about 1 in 10 Catholics know the correct answer to this question.

Some of the Answers Given for that Question:
Which is the correct answer?

A1. Jesus Christ died on the cross.
      Q1. Yes, but who is Jesus Christ?

A2. The human person of GOD died on the cross.
      Q2. Was Jesus Christ a human person?

A3. The human nature of GOD died on the cross.
      Q3. Is it the nature of a person that dies?

A4. The Son of GOD died on the Cross.
      Q4. Yes, but who is the Son of GOD?

A5. GOD died on the cross.
      Q5. You get the gold star.  You are the 1 in 10 who knows the truth. 

A1 is technically correct, but there is more to the correct answer.

A2 is wrong because Jesus Christ is not a human person.
Now you may ask, "Well, didn't He have all the characteristics of a human person except for sin?" Almost right, except for one important point. Jesus Christ is a divine person, and if He were a human person, that would make Him 2 persons, each with a nature, one divine, and one human. He is a divine person with a divine and a human nature, one person with 2 natures.

A3 is wrong because persons die on crosses, not natures.

A4 is again technically correct, but we are looking for more here.

A5 is the correct answer because Jesus Christ is a divine person, and persons die on crosses, not natures. While dying in His human nature, Jesus Christ was living in His divine nature. He was both living and dead at the same time, but the person died.
Therefore, GOD died on the Cross.

"But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed  the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses."
Acts 3:15
"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades."
Rev 1:17-18
See also, Acts 1:3, Rom 5:6-10,8:34,14:9,15, 1Cor 8:11,15:3,20,
Phil 2:8, Col 1:18, 1Thes 2:15, Heb 2:9, 1Pet 3:18, Rev 1:5,2:8,5:9,5:12,13:8.

Kudos to all who chose Answer #5...

Written 1995 by Bob Stanley
Updated November 17, 2007

 Return to Home Page...