Jesus and Islam – Seven Questions (4)

In this series, we present seven questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?
  7. Do Muslims Respect and Revere Jesus?

4. Did Jesus die on a cross or not?

How did God test Abraham? He asked Abraham to put his son on the altar. As they were going up the mountain, the son asked, „Where is the offering?“ Abraham answered, „God will see to it. He will provide the offering.“ And God did provide a lamb, which Abraham then sacrificed to God.

Look at the consistent message God gives us.

God spares, he saves the son of Abraham with one lamb.

Then in Exodus, we see the importance of a lamb again. In Exodus, God warns his people in Egypt that he is going to strike the Egyptians. If those who believe in God will put the blood of a lamb on their doorpost, God would have the angel of death go past them, saving them from death. A nation of believers were saved by one lamb.

Then we see a lamb again in Leviticus. Every year the priest is told to take one lamb out of the city and sacrifice it for the sins of those people who believe in God. Each year, one people saved again by one lamb.

Then we hear John the Baptist addressing a crowd, saying this about Jesus: „Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!“10 One lamb, who will save the whole world, for all who will believe in him.

What would have happened if Abraham had not listened to the voice of God, or had not believed that God was speaking to him? That’s right, his son would have been killed!

What if the people did not believe God and did not put the blood of the lamb on their doorpost?

So now is the question. Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus, the Lamb of God, hung on a cross, and gave his life for you. We are clearly told, „God shows his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.“11

What if you said, „No, they did not crucify him. He was not killed.“ This Lamb of God was sacrificed to pay for your sins, and the sin of all the world. What if you say that he was not killed, that this Lamb of God did not die for your sin, for your forgiveness?

(10) John 1:29
(11) Romans 5:8


Part 1 <–                                      –> Part 5: …was God dead for three days?

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