Explaining who was ruling the universe during Jesus death on the cross
Answering one of the Islamic famous but dumb questions
Who was ruling the universe during Jesus death on the cross
Do we really need to answer such dumb question??
We will answer in order to try to explain the basics of Christian faith following are the arguments
First: Jesus is both God and Man
Unbelievers can not understand the nature of Christ Jesus until they understand that in nature he is God but in the same time he is man, and that the bible teaches us he humbled himself to be a servant who obeys the father to accomplish the mission of the salvation for mankind, also in the process of his coming in flesh he emptied himself from the glory of divinity in all aspects including the matter of being all knowing.
And that is exactly what the scripture teaches in
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not a thing to be grasped to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Second: Jesus divinity did not die but humanity did
Who said that Jesus Christ the Son of God dies?
Divinity does not feel hunger, thirst, pain and can not die, it is merely Islamic stupidity. The human nature of Jesus or Jesus the man is who suffered natural death.
The Bible defines the human natural death in James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead
So the human spirit continues to live after death meanwhile the body decays and this is exactly what happened to Jesus the man except the body did not decay but he resurrected himself with the body in it’s glorified form, even during his death his human spirit continued its unity with God
Third: Since Jesus continued to live after the human death he resurrected himself
You can simply say on Sunday Christ as God the Son united with the Father and holy spirit resurrected Jesus the man and this is according to Jesus words himself and following are two examples
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and will you raise it up in three days?
But he spoke of the temple of his body.
Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
So he was alive during his human death and that is why he was able to resurrect himself
Forth: During his human death he entered the thief who died with him to paradise
You will find that in Luke 23:43 Jesus few minutes said to the repentant thief “Today you will be with me in Paradise”, so when they both died Jesus took him to heaven and that proves Jesus Christ the divine was alive during his human death
Finally during Jesus human death, the Triune true God The Father, Son and Holy spirit continued to rule the universe and on Sunday resurrected Jesus the human from death
For More about Jesus divinity we recommend this PDF book
Putting Jesus in His Place
Also read how The Quran didn’t deny that Christ the Lord was not ashamed to come as a servant
Also about dead of divinity in case of Islam please read the following link