AN INTRODUCTION TO JESUS FOR MUSLIMS

Muslims are taught by their leaders that Jesus Christ never died on the cross. Yet Jesus spoke OFTEN about his death and resurrection throughout the new testament.

  • Matthew 16:21; 17:9, 22-23; 20:17-19; 26:1-2, 24, 31, 45; 26:51-56
  • Mark 8:31; 9:9-11, 31-32, 10:32-34; 14:27, 43-50; 15:27-28
  • Luke 9:21-22, 44-45; 17:24-25; 18:31-34; 22:37; 24:1-8, 13-27, 44-48
  • John 18:31-32; 19:24, 28

Jesus also described His death (at the hands of sinful men) as that which was written in the scriptures and the prophets.

  • Matthew 26:24: Mark 14:21
  • Matthew 26:31, Mark 14:27
  • Matthew 26:51-56; Mark 14:48-50
  • Mark 15:27-28
  • Luke 18:31-33; 22:37; 24:25-27, 44-49
  • John 19:28, 37

Jesus described his death and resurrection as the sign of his Messiah-ship to the religious Jews.

  • John 2:18-22; John 8:28-29
  • Matthew 12:38-40; Matthew 16:1-4; Luke 11:29-30
  • Luke 11:29-20

Muslims are taught by their leaders that Jesus Christ was replaced by Judas on the cross. Yet, Jesus Christ says that Judas is the betrayer, who betrayed him to those who carried out the crucifixion of Jesus.

  • Matthew 17:22; 20:18; 26:2, 21-24, 45-50
  • Mark 14:18, 21,41-42
  • Luke 22:2-4
  • John 13:18, 21; 19:11
  • Psalm 41:9

Muslims are taught that Jesus is just a man and not divine even though Jesus accepted the worship of those who bowed before him.

  • Wise men worshipped Jesus after his birth (Matthew 2:1-2, 11).
  • A man with leprosy worshipped Jesus and was healed of his leprosy (Matthew 8:2-3).
  • A Gentile ruler worshipped Jesus and his daughter was healed (Matthew 9:18, 25-26).
  • His disciples worshipped Jesus: Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God (Matthew 14:33).

    The disciples worshipped Jesus as the Son of God. The uniqueness of Christ as the Son of God is worthy of worship. The writer of Hebrews says: For unto which of the angels said he at any time, thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him (Hebrews 1:5-6). The son-ship of Jesus is unique, because he is divine even as his Father, God, is divine. Jesus is more than a mere man, he is the divine Son of God.
  • A man possessed with a legion of demons ran and fell at the feet of Jesus and worshiped Jesus. The man was delivered and his right mind was restored (Mark 5:5).
  • A woman of Canaan worshipped Jesus and her daughter was healed (Matthew 15:22-28).
  • A man whom Jesus healed of blindness worshipped Jesus and believed in him (John 9:35-38).
  • The mother of two of Jesus’ disciples worshipped Jesus (Matthew 20:20).
  • The women who came to the tomb worshipped Jesus after he appeared to them (Matthew 28:9).
  • After his ascension, his disciples worshipped him (Luke 24:51-53).

The deity of Jesus is repeatedly attested to in the scriptures.

  • Isaiah calls Jesus “the mighty God.” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • Matthew calls Jesus  “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
  • John calls Jesus “the word of God who was God in the beginning” (John 1:1).
  • John tells us that all things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3; see also verse 10).
  • John tells us Jesus is THE WORD who was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (v.14-18).
  • John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He that cometh after me is preferred before me: FOR HE WAS BEFORE ME.. (John 1:15, 30),
  • Thomas (one of Jesus’ disciples) said unto Jesus, “MY LORD AND MY GOD” (John 20:28).
  • Jesus himself spoke of his divinity when he said: What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up WHERE HE WAS BEFORE ? (John 6:62). And “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM” (John 8:58).
  • Jesus references his glory with the Father in his prayer in John 17: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory WHICH I HAD WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS” (John 17:5).

The apostle John quotes the words of the glorified Christ “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” and “ I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 1:8 and 21:6).

Jesus (being deity) was clothed with humanity and took the form or position of a servant (Philippians 2:1-5) though he is Lord of all. The King of glory came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. He did not come to be served though he was worthy of this privilege.

Jesus took on human flesh to give us an example to follow and to give his life as a ransom for our sins. Through his resurrection from the dead he conquered death for all who will believe. Those who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are cleansed from their sins by his precious blood and given new life through him.

The risen Christ is enthroned at the right hand of God (Acts 2:30-36) in fulfillment of the words of King David who prophesied: “the Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand till I make thine enemies your footstool” (Psalm 110:4).

The writer of Hebrews expounds on the exalted Christ at the right hand of God and says that God says that Jesus is both Lord and God: “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom” (Hebrews 1:8).

Jesus Christ is the God-man. He fully God and fully man and is the only mediator between God and man. He fully identities with our human weaknesses while possessing all the divine qualities of God’s holy perfection. In Christ alone, God comes to man and man may approach God.

Because he is the mediator between God and man, his name has power in petitioning God in prayer (John 14:13-14; John 15:16; John 16:23) and the Holy Spirit is given in his name (John 14:26). Those who believe in him are given the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).

The deity of Jesus Christ is attested to over and over again throughout the scriptures:

  • By him, God created all things (John 1:3,10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:14-18; Hebrews 1:2; 3:3-4).
  • In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9)
  • Through him, God is going to judge the world (Acts 17:31; Romans 2:16).

Jesus is ONE with the Father (John 10:30-38) and Jesus is the expression of the very person of God.

  • He who sees Jesus, sees the Father also (John 14:9).
  • Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15).
  • Jesus is the express image of the person of God and the brightness of his glory (Hebrews 1:3).

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life (1 John 5:20).

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16).

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For more teaching regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ in contrast to Islam follow the links below:

THE HEAVENLY MAN
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/the-heavenly-man/

JESUS AND THE WORKS OF GOD
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/jesus-and-the-works-of-god/

KING JESUS
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/king-jesus/

DID JESUS DENY BEING DEITY?
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/did-jesus-deny-being-deity/

REFUTING ISLAMIC INTERPRETATION OF HEBREWS 5:7-8
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/refuting-islamic-interpretation-of-hebrews-57/

JESUS, PAUL, AND THE LAW
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/jesus-paul-and-the-law/

DID PAUL FAIL TO PREACH REPENTANCE?
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/did-paul-fail-to-preach-repentance/

DID PAUL TEACH OTHERS TO EAT FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS?
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/did-paul-teach-others-to-eat-food-offered-to-idols/

 

 

 

 

 

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