Bible Question:

Was God dead for three days? I am confused by this statement on your home page, “but God who came in human flesh to die so that we can live. ” If this is so, was there no God for the three days that Jesus was dead?

Bible Answer:

This is a great question because the answer reveals who Jesus really is. Jesus is BOTH God and man. He was, is, and will always be God. But He was not always a man.

The Mystery

One day John the Baptist was preaching to a crowd and said this,

This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.” (NASB) John 1:15

John was referring to Jesus. He said that Jesus existed before John did. Now this is a surprising statement, because Jesus was born as a human baby after John was born. That is, John the Baptist was born first. The medical doctor Luke records the events about his birth in Luke 1:57-66. Dr. Luke then tells us that Jesus was born in Luke 2:1-20. So why did John the Baptist say that Jesus existed before he did? Because Jesus is God and He has always existed.

Did God Die?

Jesus was man in that He had flesh and bone in human form. There is a previous question at this site which we would encourage you to read. It is “How are we to believe that Jesus is equal to God?” When Jesus died, His body died and not His spirit. In fact, all of us are eternal beings, and our spirits never die. Only the physical body dies. Listen to this passage,

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (NASB) Matt. 25:46

We will spend eternity either with God or away from God in the Lake of Fire. It is not a question of, “Am I going to be alive?” The question is, “Where am I am going to live?”

Conclusion:

Jesus was God and man. He had to be a man so that a physical death could occur. He had to be God so that Jesus could be a sinless man (Heb. 4:15) – the perfect man. The ” . . . Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). When He died, His spirit went to heaven (Luke 23:43). Three days later His body was resurrected by the Holy Spirit and He rejoined His body – an immortal body. Why did God do this? The answer is located at this link.