If Jesus is God, how could humans murder Him?
Jesus is God as God is Spirit (John 4:24) and God as Spirit indwelt a human body born through the virgin womb (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:23) to circumvent the sin-nature passed genomically to all of creation through Adam’s seed (Romans 5:12). This “hypostatic union” of God and Man (Philippians 2:1-11) permitted Jesus to walk sinless before man and the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 8:46) and this perfection, righteousness, permitted Jesus to be the only acceptable blood atonement for sin (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9, 10) as Jesus kept the moral Law in perfection (Matthew 5:17), something sinful mankind could never do (Romans 8; Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:10). It is the hypostatic union of God and Man in flesh that permitted the imputation of Messiah’s righteousness over the life of the one who believes in Him as Messiah having died to pay our sin-debt (2 Corinthians 5:21). It is the imputation of Messiah’s righteousness that initiates covenant relationship with the Father who declares the faithful in Jesus “not guilty” by grace through faith (Romans 5:1).
At His crucifixion, Jesus’ body of flesh suffered physiological death to pay the sin-debt of the whole world (1 John 2:2) but the deity of Jesus in Spirit never died as God is everlasting, immortal, eternal (Psalm 90:2); in fact, the Holy Spirit teaches that during the three-days that Messiah’s body laid in the tomb, Jesus as deity was very busy teaching, preaching, liberty to the captives, the Old Testament Saints, held captive in Sheol-Paradise and liberating them from captivity and escorting them into the Kingdom (Ephesians 4:7-10; 1 Peter 4:6) as atonement for their sin had ultimately been realized through the blood sacrifice of Messiah’s human body at Golgotha (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:26-27).
Jesus’ body was resurrected from the dead on the third-day by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11) to demonstrate God’s victory over death through self-less love via the atonement and the resurrected body of Messiah demonstrated the “first fruits” of the eternal resurrection that would be a pattern for resurrection concerning everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as their Lord believing that He died to pay their sin-debt and was resurrected from the dead for their justification leading to eternal life (Philippians 3:21; Romans 10:9-10).
It is written,
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. 9 For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2