Grace in the Gospel

Introduction

This page is written in a way that is intended as information about Isa (Jesus) to Muslims, from their Qurʼanic perspective. It is the Gospel of Jesus (Injil) explained to Muslims.

The Gospel of Jesus is about the sacrifice of God for our sins.

Feast of sacrifice

To understand a sacrifice it is necessary to look in the history about the feast of sacrifice (Aid Al-Adha), the major festival of Muslims. It is the celebration that God called Abraham (Ibrahim) to offer his son as a sacrifice.

This tells us something very important about the nature of true sacrifice to God. The lamb died instead of the person so that he might be set free from the judgment about to come upon him. The death of the lamb was accepted by God as a substitute sacrifice (Fida) in the place of the one who was condemned to death. The son would not be offered again since the lamb had taken his place. This judgment would never face him again because God provided for Himself a lamb of sacrifice which was accepted as a substitute in His sight. The Qurʼan itself says that this is so. Ransom means ʽto redeem from captivity, slavery, or the like, by paying a price.ʼ This is what the Almighty God did to save the son of Abraham from certain judgment.

You are in the same circumstance as the son of Abraham. You are the guilty dead. Why?

You can not save yourself. Even good deeds, can not assure of crossing safely into Paradise (Janna). At this point, you will more than likely say that you will be innocent, because you confess your sins to God. However, the Qurʼan says:

ʽEvery soul that has sinned, if it possessed all that is on earth, would fain give it in ransomʼ (Qurʼan 10:54).

In other words, if you possess the whole world and offer it to God as a sacrifice for your sins, it wouldnʼt be enough to provide atonement for your sins. You are in the same situation as the son of Abraham, You are guilty of death.

Lamb of God

But where is the offer for your sins? Is it possible God has a substitute sacrifice for your sins?

Yes, God has. John the Baptist (Yahya Ibn Zakeria) was a contemporary of the Messiah when he saw Him for the first time. He said:

Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29).

The Messiah is portrayed in the Qurʼan as being without fault. (Qurʼan 19:19). Muhammad, in contrast, is told to ask forgiveness for his sins. (Qurʼan 40:55-57; 47:19-21; 48:2). The Messiah had to be sacrificed. On His free will, He was surrendered to death. When He was among the He dead emerged. He is in Heaven. And He will return to earth. We must all face the great enemy: death. All of the Prophets died and so must you and I. Also Jesus died:

ʽThat they said (in boast), We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God; But they killed him not, nor crucified him. Only a likeness of that was shown 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, God raised him up unto Himself: and God is Exalted in Power, Wiseʼ (Qurʼan 4: 157-158)

This does not tell us that Jesus was not crucified. It merely refutes the boasting claim that the Jews were the ones responsible for His death. They were not. It only had that appearance. It looked like that was the case. The truth of the matter is that it was God Himself who gave Jesus command to voluntarily sacrifice His life. It was the eternal plan and purpose of God according to the words of the prophets.[17]

Jesus alone has conquered death. He alone is the Living One among all the Prophets. Listen to His own words:

I am the Living One; and I became dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore (Revelation 1:18).

Also:

I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies (John 11:25).

Further Study

By prayerfully reading the Gospel, my friend. In it I learned that all my sins could be forgiven in this life. I now have assurance of reaching heaven after death. Jesus is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), no one can come to God except by Him. Remember what He said:

He who hears My Word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life (John 5:24).

Will you confess that you are a sinner and do you want to receive Him in order to have your sins washed away?

Come to Jesus.