How Old Was Christ When He Died?

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Hi T____,

First of all, thank you for your patience. Thank you also for sharing your thoughts here with me.
You are right when you say Christ’s flesh goes through the process of judgment as 33 indicates. I have never in my life made that connection between Christ’s age and the process of judgment, so thank you for that thought.
You also make this statement:

It is true that there is no scripture that says Christ was 33, but we are told that He was ‘about 30’ when he began His ministry.

Luk 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

“About thirty” is not ‘about 29, or ‘about 31’. Jesus was ‘about 30’ years old when He began His ministry, and I am unaware of anyone who denies that John’s gospel records three separate Passovers.

Joh 2:13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

This is the first passover mentioned in John. It is followed by this passover:

Joh 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

This second passover mentioned is followed by this feast of tabernacles in the next chapter:

Joh 7:2 Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

Tabernacles is the fall festival at the end of that year. So here is the third Passover, which is mentioned after the feast of tabernacles there in John seven:

Joh 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

So we can say with complete certainty that Christ’s ministry included three Passovers or three years.
It really is not at all ‘adding to’ the word to deduce from the fact that if the ministry of the two witnesses is three and one half years, then the ministry of Christ must also have been three and one half years.
Here is why we should do so:

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

“A thousand two hundred and threescore days” is three and one half years. If we are as He is, then He is as we are described to be in His own Word. Our ministry is symbolized by three and one half years, because we are “as he is… in this world”.
As you pointed out some time back, the three and one half years of Christ’s ministry, plus the three and one half years of the ministry of “His body”, His “two witnesses” completes a symbolic seven years of ministry, and completes His work within His people.
This is no doubt far too spiritual an approach to this question for most, but I feel sure it will resonate with the spirit of Christ in those with that spirit.
Your brother in Christ,

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