Who is Jesus? Is Jesus the Son of God or he just another prophet? Today were going to finish looking at ways in which people have found success witnessing to Muslims.
Jesus took our sins upon himself
According to the Bible, Jesus lived a perfect sinless life and then willingly died, taking the punishment that we sinners deserve in order to atone for our sins.
2 Corinthians 5:19-21 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Muslims have no concept of substitutionary atonement. We may need to take our Muslim friend to the Old Testament and talk to them about the purpose of the sacrificial system. We need to get our Muslim friends to understand the purpose of the cross and how we are saved from our sins. This concept of Christ taking the punishment that we deserve is very appealing to Muslims.
Luke 19:9-10 “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. (10) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus was accused of claiming to be the Son of God?
Mohammed and the Koran deny that Christ was the Son of God.
Quran 19:33–3533. “So peace is upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!” 34. Such is Jesus, son of Mary. It is a statement of truth, about which they doubt. 35. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be’, and it is.”
Most Muslims are ignorant of the fact that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. We should ask them if they are aware that Jesus made this claim. If they are not, take them to the following scriptures.
John 10:36, Jesus said, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”
John 9:35-38 “ Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? (36) He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? (37) And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. (38) And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.”
Not only did Christ claim to be the Son of God, but he received worship from the healed man. This would most certainly be considered blasphemy if Jesus was not the Son of God. Jesus receives worship in numerous other places in the Bible.
Jesus receives worship
Mat 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Joh 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Mat 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
If Jesus was not in fact God, then this would be blasphemy and Mohammed would be wrong in calling Jesus a prophet. If Jesus was right to receive worship then Mohammed was wrong to say Jesus is not God.
Ask them if they have kept the Ten Commandments
Many Christians have found success witnessing to Muslims by taking them to the Ten Commandments. This is all around, a great way to witness to a Muslim. Muslims recognize the Ten Commandments as authoritative and inspired.
I first heard of this effective tactic when I listened to Ray Comfort give his “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” talk.
Ray will ask if they have kept all the Ten Commandments by specifically asking about different commandments. For example, he will ask “have you ever told a lie”. They will answer “yes” and then he will ask “what does that make you”. The point is to get them to admit that they are a liar. He will then proceed to ask about several other commandments. After it is clear that they have broken several of God’s commandments, he will ask them “if God judges you by the Ten Commandments, should he send you to heaven or hell”.
This is a great way to convince just about anyone that they have sinned and are in need of a savior. Go to the above link and listen Ray Comfort speak about how he does this. I promise you, you will be happy you did.
Here’s the entire podcast series ready for download.