JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED?
the subject of crucifixion, we first observe that the details
of our Lord’s death are not given, and for this we can
be glad. For the picture of crucifixion which suggests itself
to the mind is horrible enough without any incidental details,
and the fact that four writers recorded the main features of
the execution, but gave none of the details of the crucifixion
itself, is in full accord with the general treatment of such
matters in the Bible, so different from what would ordinarily
be the course of a narrator.
many have suggested that there was no death so cruel as that
of crucifixion. Why? Because the crucified one died not from
loss of blood nor in a short space of time, but through the
lingering agony of open wounds, the arrested circulation at
the extremities, the tension of the nervous system, and the
oppression of heart and brain. And from the scriptures we learn
that it was about six long hours that Jesus endured this pain
of torn nerves, of intense thirst and of racked body and throbbing
important fact is not how Jesus died but that he died [as man’s
ransom] and saved us from sin and death. (Hosea 13:14; 1 Timothy
2:3-6) What does the word "RANSOM" mean? How will
this RANSOM bring an end to sorrow, pain, and even death itself?
God's justice does not mean "just-us." Yet, many teach
that only Christians will ever be saved. If this is true, then
95% of the human race is doomed to everlasting death (or worse)—merely
because they never heard the name of Jesus. This includes the
billions of Asians, Africans, and all who lived before Jesus.
Did Jesus die merely to save comparatively few Christians?—those
who would believe in him before his second advent? The Bible
tells us: NO! Christ died "the propitiation (satisfaction)
for our (the Christians') sins: and not for ours only, but also
for the sins of the whole (presently unbelieving) world."
1 John 2:2
The Father lovingly provided His only-begotten Son to die "for
all" while all were still in sin. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
God's plan will provide all—even non-believers—with
a full opportunity to benefit from Jesus' sacrifice. (Hebrews
After being raised from the dead, each person will be taught
about Christ and righteousness. Past crimes will be punished
but with mercy based on repentance. God will pour out His holy
influence on all people through Christ, providing an opportunity
for each person to reach mental and moral perfection. (Joel
2:28) Only those who consistently refuse to make progress will
be destroyed. (Acts 3:22-23; Ezekiel 18:20-22)
CONSIDER the logic of God's Plan to save all men from evil and
death: Father Adam, perfect, sinned. The penalty of death passed
upon him and the prospective human race yet in his loins. Deliverance
from death required the payment of a corresponding price, the
death of a perfect man. No member of the sinful (imperfect)
human race could pay this price. (Psalm 49:7) Only Jesus, who
was "holy, harmless, and separate from sinners" could.
(Hebrews 7:26) The perfect man Jesus died for Adam's sin, taking
his place in death, thereby redeeming Adam and all his offspring—the
human race—from death.
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins; the just
(Jesus) for the unjust (Adam), that he might bring us to God."
1 Peter 3:18
"...by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men...Therefore, as by
the offence of one (Adam) came upon all men to condemnation;
even so by the righteousness of one (Jesus) the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life." Romans 5:12,18
To consider this subject in more detail, read the article titled:
THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: A RANSOM FOR ALL @ http://www.biblestudents.com/ransom_00001_1.cfm
now to our title, Was Jesus Christ Crucified? We observe that
this is a startling question to be posed by a Bible founded
Christian group. After all the Apostle Paul plainly stated to
the congregation at Corinth that, I determined not to know anything
among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1Cor 2:2) So
why do we ask this question? We ask this question because there
are many who believe that Jesus was not crucified on a cross.
Jehovah Witnesses claim that Jesus was not crucified but impaled
(executed) on a stake. Nowhere in the New World Translation
(NWT) of the Christian Greek Scriptures, published continuously
since 1950, will you find the physical instrument of our Lord’s
death referred to as a cross, nor the action itself as a crucifixion
– the term used throughout the Christian world. For example,
we read in the NWT (Matthew 10:38); "And whoever does not
accept his torture stake and follow after me is not worthy of
do The Jehovah Witnesses stand alone in their objection to the
cross, they are simply the largest most prominent Christian
group to make this case. In point of fact, conscientious protest
against the use of the cross, as a symbol for Jesus’ sacrificial
death, long predates the founding of The Jehovah Witnesses in
1931. For example, an entire book, The Non-Christian Cross,
was published in London in 1896. And neither was that the first
expressed objection to the Christian cross.
owning to tenacious door to door preaching on the part of The
Jehovah Witnesses, along with years of Herbert W. Armstrong’s,
“The World Tomorrow” broadcasts, as well as circulars
from certain others, this issue over the cross has come conspicuously
before Christians as a challenge in recent decades. Therefore,
we believe this matter fairly demands an honest examination.
you are interested in examining this question in greater detail,
we encourage you to read the article entitled: WAS JESUS CHRIST
CRUCIFIED? @ http://biblestudents.com/docs/WasJesusCrucified.pdf