The Koran denies Christ’s crucifixion
Surah 4:157-158 which says, “. . . they [the Jews] said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’ – But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not – Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself
Jesus was most certainly crucified. The New Testament and secular sources attest to Jesus’ crucifixion. Today were going to look at some Old Testament sources that attest to the crucifixion. Some Muslims might find the fact that the OT predicts the crucifixion persuasive. As best as we can, we need to try and bring our Muslim friends to the truth of what Christ did on the cross for those who believe.
Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified, and they also reject the idea that His death paid for our sins. One amazing prophecy in the Old Testament to show to a Muslim is Isaiah 53. This passage gives an Old Testament illustration of the crucifixion as well as hints at Christ’s atoning work on the Cross.
Isaiah 53:1-12 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (2) 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. (3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. (9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. (10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. (12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Another scripture from the Old Testament that describes the crucifixion is Psalm 22:12-18. When read out loud, most people think it comes from the New Testament because of how clearly it seems to describe the scene at the cross.
Psalms 22:12-18 “Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. (13) They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. (14) I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. (15) My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. (16) For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. (17) I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. (18) They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
Here is a scripture that describes the crucifixion, but there’s a surprise; God says He is the one who was pierced.
Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
Like the previous verse, God speaks about Jesus as if He is talking about Himself.
Zechariah 11:12-13 “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. (13) And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
With scriptures like these, you would almost think there was a God outside of space and time that could see future events. It’s interesting that in both Zechariah prophecies, God the Father equates Himself with Jesus. Why would God claim that He was pierced and sold for thirty pieces of silver, when it was actually Jesus?
It’s also important to note that there are no prophecies in the Koran. Why should we believe God wrote the Koran when it has no divine fingerprints on it? On the other hand the Bible is filled with hundreds of amazingly accurate prophecies. Why wouldn’t we trust all that the Bible has to say?
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