According to the Bible, was Jesus aware of his immortal nature at the time of the crucifixion? Or did he only become aware of it after the Ressurection?


No. Jesus did not have an immortal nature at the time of the crucifixion or he would not have been able to die. I do think Jesus was aware that He was eternal (John 17), mortal, and would be resurrected or have an immortal nature in the future.

Jesus was however aware that He would be resurrected, Matt 20:19. Jesus offered eternal life in John's gospel - One cannot offer something one does not have.

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    When you stated "No. Jesus did not have an immortal nature at the time of the crucifixion ". Are you saying the two nature of Jesus as God-Man ceases at the time of crucifixion? If Jesus is not immortal then his nature will only be Man not a God-Man. can you explain your answer further? – marian agustin Oct 27 '18 at 18:16
  • Explaining the trinity will always be a puzzle but I'll give it a shot. God exists in 3 persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All eternal, all not created, all God, but distinct. The eternal Son who existed before time began entered the human race about 2,000 years ago as a man. At this moment He took on a mortal and perishable nature. He did not cease to be God. The Spirit and the Father did not have this mortal nature. This is one distinction that sets the Son apart. When Jesus died, God the Son died. His mortality did not diminish His deity. – Lionsden Oct 29 '18 at 20:51
  • Thanks, but do you think it would contradict John10:18 as Jesus clearly said "As Jesus said no one can take his life...." that means Jesus is immortal, His body is not perishable like you claimed because it was immaculate and death has no hold on Jesus body because He was sinless.Are you still saying that Jesus possessed a mortal and perishable nature? Can you further support your answer biblically. – marian agustin Oct 30 '18 at 3:11
  • Very good question. Jesus said the following, "17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. " In this passage He is actually claiming that His life can be laid down. What does it mean for Him to lay down His life? I believe He's speaking more to His voluntary sacrifice as opposed to others being in control of His murder. I think it actually better supports the fact the He's going to die. – Lionsden Oct 31 '18 at 13:58
  • This is one of my favorite verse on understanding the nature of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28 – Lionsden Oct 31 '18 at 13:59

I'm assuming that you define "immortal" to mean "unable to permanently die".

The Bible indicates that death is a consequence of sin:

  • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
  • And you were dead in the trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1)

All of humanity has inherited a sinful nature, therefore everyone will eventually die:

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
  • Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
  • [W]e all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:3)
  • If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

Jesus, being God taking on human flesh, never sinned, and therefore did not deserve to die:

  • For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
  • He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (1 Peter 2:2)

When Jesus was crucified, He died in our place for our sins. Therefore, anyone who believes in Jesus is unable to permanently die, but will have eternal life (and could be said to be "immortal"):

  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36)
  • Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:12)
  • No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:44)
  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
  • And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
  • He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (Romans 2:6-8) If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
  • For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:14)

Since Jesus is God taking on human flesh, He already knew all of this before He was crucified:

  • For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:40)
  • From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. (Matthew 16:21)
  • And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. (Mark 8:31-32)
  • And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:9)
  • [F]or he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise." (Mark 9:31)
  • Saying, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise." (Mark 10:33-34)
  • "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'" (Mark 14:58)
  • Saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." (Luke 9:22)
  • Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19)

(There are, of course, many more verses in the Bible that could answer your question, but I feel these should be enough for now.)


Yes, Jesus said in Gospel of John;

"No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” (John10:18)

Jesus knew He was immortal and the only way for Him to suffer death is by laying it down on His own accord.

Jesus immaculate body cannot suffer death, the sins of mankind that Jesus bore for us is only absorbed mystically thru His soul as Jesus became the greatest of all sinners, but His body never committed it.

So, how can Jesus suffers a bodily death?

Jesus has to drain His immaculate body of all His blood. The Life of the body is in the blood.

To expound a bit more.

How can Jesus drain all His most precious blood in atonement for the sins of man?

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5) New King James Version (NKJV)

Mysteriously enough, the Passions of Jesus Christ gave us the answer;

  1. Jesus has to be scourge, blood freely flowing thru His wounds.
  2. Jesus was crown with thorns and again the blood flows thru his head.
  3. Jesus has to carry the weight of the Cross all the way to Calvary, his precious blood drips to the ground, renewing the face of the earth.
  4. Jesus carrying the Cross, the scourging never stops and it opens the wounds again, dripping blood again.

5.Jesus was nailed to the Cross,blood flows from His hands and feet.

  1. Jesus hanging for 3 hours on the Cross, the weight of His body and the strain on His muscles squeeze out the remaining blood on His flesh.

7.And, finally the piercing on His side that struck His heart, fulfilled and showed the Divine Mercy of God, up to the last drop of His Most precious blood was offered to humanity to atone for all sins even the grievious ones.

Leviticus 17:11 New King James Version (NKJV) "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."

St.Faustina prayer revealed that the last drop of blood was poured out to effect bodily death on Jesus Christ.

"O blood and water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us.I trust in you." (St.Faustina Divine Mercy Prayer)

"The Heart of the Gospel is Divine Mercy" (Pope Benedict XVI)

  • John's account tells us that Jesus was already dead before he was pierced with the spear and before his blood was released : επι δε τον ιησουν ελθοντες ως ειδον αυτον ηδη τεθνηκοτα ου John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already . . . – Nigel J Oct 26 '18 at 18:29
  • Yes, they saw Jesus was dead, but His Sacred Heart was still alive and wants to give the symbol of His Divine Mercy."No one is beyond Redemption",without the piercing of the side, the Blood & Water will not be released from the Sacred Heart.and as soon it was released the First Miracle of "healing & conversion" happens proving the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass is a source of God's infinite graces. – marian agustin Oct 26 '18 at 20:12
  • Well, John seems to be telling me that - Jesus being 'already dead' - his heart had stopped palpitating and circulation had ceased. His humanity was definitely - and completely - dead. – Nigel J Oct 28 '18 at 1:25
  • On the contrary John never implied it that way. The reality is, you cannot pronounced a person dead just by using your eyes. Why? Medical experts won't agree with you. The person is pronounced dead not by the judgment of the eyes, but to have it with certainty, one must check the Heart. Look how the Medical field expert uses one major factor to pronounced a lifeless body.Sorry Jesus "blood & water" coming from His Merciful Heart still having blood never ceases to die, unless that final blood was release. Bible & Science combined to refute your assertions.The TRUTH prevails. – marian agustin Oct 28 '18 at 2:35
  • No. The words of the apostle John prevail. ηδη τεθνηκοτα means already dead and Jesus himself declares in John 10:18 that no man taketh his life (by spear or any other means). He had already relinquished his life. It was gone. – Nigel J Oct 28 '18 at 5:05

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