Talks on islam: Jesus of Islam is not my Jesus

Posted: November 4, 2010 in Church, Islam, Israel, Jesus Christ

In the eyes of Islam Jesus was a prophet and nothing more.  A failed prophet whom Allah had to intervene to save his hide from being crucified.  But is this the real Jesus of the Bible?  Jesus was more than a good man, or a rabbi.  More than a prophet.  Jesus was the lamb that would take way the sins of the world.

 John 1: 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world

 The cross to the Moslem is a sign of failure.  But Gods say his wisdom is still wiser than the wisdom of this world.  What the world sees as failure was anything but.  Without the cross there can be no resurrection, without a resurrection there can be no victory over sin, and no triumph in the face of death.  Death still becomes the  spectre we shun.

 But the cross was the pivotal point in history and redemption.

 Is 53: 1- 2 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.

Hundred of years before Jesus ever came on the scene the prophet Isaiah spoke of this time. Who has believed our report?  Who is going to believe this?

 If the cross was such a failure, then greater still is the victory.  For it grip the hearts and move the imagination of men so powerfully that even Imperial Rome with all its legions and mighty armies could not stop.  Such was the potency of that resurrection to persuade men, that even in Caesars household had believers.

 Through the death of innocence, dying for the guilty the gospel spread like wildfire across the known civilised world.

 Now many an innocent man has died unjustly and very few people care or even know of them.  But Christ was cruelly and unjustly accused, crucified and we all know about him. 

 What a wonder is this.

Convicted and crucified as a low life criminal somewhere out on a hill outside some backwater Middle Eastern city that everyone civilised hated.  Today we all know about Jerusalem, but then it was every governor’s nightmare.   Backwater place out somewhere in the east.  Yet the world was changed by what took place.  Can you see the power and potency of this scene?

 Are you persuaded?

The disciples had to be persuaded by the death of Jesus, before they could ever be persuade by the resurrection

Having been fully persuaded of his death, they moaned his loss, hide from the authorities and contemplated going back to their old jobs.  That’s human nature.

With the resurrection came rejoicing, they were filled, they were empowered.  They became bold, they were fearless.  That is not human nature.  That is victory and that is triumph.  They became fully persuded that Jesus had risen.  But far more he defeated the grave.  He had brought salvation to all who would recieve him.

 Jerusalem was taken by storm and those who persecuted stood powerless to stop them.

The resurrection was more than Jesus making an appearance just to say here I am look at me.  It brought the realisation that death itself could be vanquished.  Death gave way to LIFE.

The revelation of the resurrection declared that no matter what you do to the body.  Burned it destroy it, God had the power to raise it up again.

 Once you have captured by that revelation your life will never be the same again.  You will come to realise that the earth can crack open, heaven depart, the seas flood and overwhelm the land.  But in Christ we can stand and not be moved,

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