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Qur'an 19:30: Is Jesus more than a servant of Allah?

The Qur'an has given Jesus many important titles, declares that he was the greatest miracle worker, that he was taken to heaven by God and will come back again. Is it possible that Jesus was in fact more than a servant of Allah? The Qur’an mentions Jesus as the servant of Allah:

“He spake: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He hath given me the Scripture and hath appointed me a Prophet,” (Qur’an 19:30 – Pickthall).

“He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;” (Qur’an 19:30 – Yusuf Ali).

“[Jesus] said, ‘Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet”’ (Qur’an 19:30 – Saheeh International).

We need to evaluate the meaning of “servant of Allah” in relation with Jesus.

The Servant of God in the Bible

The Qur’an declares that it is in line with the Previous Scriptures (Qur’an 3:3-4) and that in case for further explanation or doubts a Muslim may receive guidance from the Bible (Qur’an 10:94). That Jesus the Messiah is a servant is confirmed in the Bible:

“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go” (Acts 3:13).

Servant of God is in the Hebrew Scripture connected to the Messiah as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah:

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1).

“See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted” (Isaiah 52:13).

Isaiah prophesied Jesus Christ God’s chosen servant for realizing salvation for mankind. Peter, the student and disciple of Jesus Christ was the first one mentioned Jesus Christ the Son of the living God. When Jesus asked all his disciples who he was, Peter said: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16). With “living God”, he referred to God, to point Jesus Christ out as the source of life, present, spiritual, and eternal. Peter continued worshiping Jesus Christ all the rest of his life:

“To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1).

Conclusion

The reference to the Bible, the Previous Scriptures confirms that Jesus the Messiah is the unique servant of God’s plan of salvation.

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