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Peace

Peace, Shalom, Asallam,

 

Christians, Jews, Muslims.

 

OUR CHALLENGE

At least 20% of the entire world is moslem. Anabi Almasseh Yisa, Jesus the Messiah's injunction: "Go ye unto all the world", includes this 20%. Our world into which we believers in general should go is Islam. The common starting point is the holy book, the Kur'an. Kur'an says Jesus is the Messiah, Kur'an chapter 3:45. Read the entire passage of Kur'an chapter 3:42-55.

THE MEANING OF "MESSIAH"

The common meaning of "Messiah" in the Semitic languages, Arabic and Jewish inclusive, is "the Anointed or Chosen Heavenly King, incarnating in human form", who will come to earth to eternally destroy the enemies of mankind. This has been the meaning of the word Messiah from Old Testament times, the time of Abraham, the father of faith, to the time when the Kur'an was given. The Kur'an uses the word Messiah in this very sense, the Kur'an never changed this meaning of Messiah, no preacher should. Even those Jews who do not all yet believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and who are still expecting their own Messiah, are expecting this same Anointed Chosen Heavenly King, incarnating in human form, who will destroy their enemies, in his second coming. So the word Messiah has only this very meaning. By the year 100 AD the Bible had been completed. The Kur'an came over five hundred years later about 650 AD. In both the Kur'an and the Bible, and in Jewish scriptures, Messiah cannot mean less than the Anointed/Chosen Heavenly King, incarnating in human form, who will destroy man's enemies. Undisputably, the greatest visible enemy man has is Death. The Messiah must, therefore, conquer Death. Only Jesus had been reported to have conquered Death and Hell.

The Kur'an says that Jesus conquered death, Kur'an chapter 3:55, "Behold! God said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith to the Day of Resurrection. Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute".

Kur'an chapter 3:45 says Jesus is the Messiah, "Behold!" the angel said: "O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him, his name will be Christ Jesus (Messiah), the Son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter, and of (the company of) those nearest to God".

Kur'an chapter 3:47 says Jesus was not born by a human father, She (Mary) said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: Even so God createth what He willeth: when He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, `Be', and it is!"

THE CONQUEST OF DEATH

The Resurrection, the Conquest of Death, is very important in both the Messiah's ministry and kingdom. The Resurrection is when and where the Messiah will and is already reigning. The Resurrection is the eternal state of all living and dead creatures, and it is a real, in fact, the only real state of all things. Because it is eternal, it is already existing, but to us humans who are mortals with a temporary life in the physical realm, we cannot yet see that the eternal resurrection life is already here. But resurrection believers see it "because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are unseen are eternal". Other mortals will only see the Resurrection after their death or when the Resurrection is full blown, that is when the full number of God's elects are gathered in, as we will see in Jesus Christ's second coming.

To inaugurate this very important Resurrection life, Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed/Chosen Heavenly King and Eternal Son of God who was to come and destroy all man's enemies, rose from the dead. The only HOPE of man whether in the Bible, the Kur'an or Jewish Scripture is this Messianic resurrection. If no one rose from dead, then there is no resurrection. It means that death is stronger than all, including God, or that God is a killer God; whichever way, this means Death rules over God and nobody should believe either the Kur'an or the Bible for offering us a rosy future resurrection life, if God has not yet defeated death. God must, therefore, show that he had dealt decisively with Death, once and for all times.

You cannot defeat someone you avoided an encounter with, so, to say that the Messiah dodged death in whatever form, is to say that Death is still stronger than God. This cannot be. He who rose must, therefore, have really died, the Messiah therefore died and rose.

Talking about the Messiah, Kur'an chapter 19:33 says, "So, Peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"! Chapter 2:87 also says, "We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of Apostles; we gave Jesus the son of Mary clear (signs) and strengthened him with the holy spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you an apostle with what ye yourselves desire not, ye are puffed up with pride? Some ye called impostors, and others ye slay!" The Messiah is both the Suffering Servant who subjected Himself to Death's temporary sting, so that Death's pyrrhic victory can be eternally annulled by the superior power of the same Messiah's resurrection as Exalted King.

How did death come to have such dominion over man? Because, we sinned, and the wages of sin is death, so, God constrained us to the slavery of death.

In defeating death effectively, the Messiah must also have dealt finally with the root cause of death, that is sin. The Messiah, therefore, died first for sin and secondly for its result, death. To die for death without dying for sin, its proximate cause, is as ineffective as it is futile, that is why it is said that Jesus died for our sin and rose for our justification. The possibility of God sending an ordinary human being to come and save human beings from death and sin is nil. It is impossible, as "all have sinned" and, by God's decree, they all should be under death. The same God cannot, therefore, expect a mere man, under His own sentence of death, to defeat death. Though God had always used human beings to reach the world with his messages, none other had dared challenge death. Jesus did not only come to the world as messenger but also as Messiah, and since a sinner cannot save a sinner from death, we can see that Jesus the Messiah, who saved man from death, is the heavenly King in human flesh. His birth is a sign that he couldn't have been just human, Surah 3:47a. We should not doubt the possibility of God coming in human flesh as the Kur'an says in the last part of Surah 3:47, "...... Allah createth what he will, if he decreeth a thing. He saith unto it only, Be and it is. We cannot and must not limit God's power to incarnate His Messiah in human flesh in order to deal Death the death blow.

How else will it be true that: Since the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he (the Messiah) might destroy him who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage. He had to destroy the devil, the cause of both sin and death.

THE ONLY GOOD NEWS

On the Torah, the books of Moses and Injil, the Gospel, Kur'an chapter 3:48 says, "And God will teach him (Jesus) the Book and Wisdom, and the Law and the Gospel". The `Gospel' means the `Good News', the Good News that "the Anointed Chosen Heavenly King, incarnating in human form, who will destroy man's enemies" had come in Jesus Christ to destroy man's enemies; the devil, sin and death. Hallelujah! That is Good News indeed.

Hence the warning, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed". There cannot be any Good News besides the above, whether in the Kur'an or the Bible.

Kur'an chapter 3:52 says, "When Jesus found unbelief on their part, He said: "Who will be my helpers to (the work of) God?" Said the Disciples (of Jesus): "We believe in God, and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims". True disciples of Jesus the Messiah, believe His resurrection and death for sin.

 

Yomi Falade

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