God passed through death and man died in God (part 1)

In Christ’s death, God passed through death in man to be released, and man died in God to be terminated.

What did the Lord Jesus say about His own death?

  • “I have come to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how I am pressed until it is accomplished” (Luke 12:49-50). Then He asked His disciples: “Are you able to drink the cup which I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized” (Mark 10:38).

Note 1 from the Holy Bible Recovery Version shows us that this baptism was His death on the cross to accomplish redemption for us:

“… The cup signifies that His death was the portion given to Him by God, the portion He took to redeem sinners for God. Baptism denotes that His death was ordained by God as the way for Him to pass through for the accomplishing of God’s redemption for sinners. For us He willingly drank this cup and was baptized with this baptism. (v. 38)”

Luke 22:20 says: “And similarly the cup after they had dined, saying, This cup is the new covenant established in My blood, which is being poured out for you.”

The Lord said “My blood” here, but Acts 20:28 says that God purchased the church through His own blood. What a mystery!

Before the incarnation, God did not have blood, so how could He have died for us? Through incarnation, when the eternal God became a man, He was no longer only God. He was God mingled with man. He surely had blood.

The Eternal One passed through death in the man Jesus; therefore, His blood is eternally effective. The Lord, the very God, offered Himself without blemish through the eternal Spirit, making this death applicable to us (Heb. 9:14).

Charles Wesley was so impressed with this matter that He wrote a hymn entitled, “And Can it Be that I should Gain”. The following is the first stanza:

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Even though our Lord, the God-man, went into death, He could not be held by it.

Death could not hold Him or this resurrection life because He had the life of God! In fact, He was God Himself!

When He went through death, His divine life was released through His physical death.

As God He passed through death, and as God He released His life into His believers (John 3:16, 12:23-24).