Muhammad said the Jesus is the Messiah
The Koran refers to Jesus as the Messiah eleven times. Muhammad elevated Jesus to a status much higher than a prophet through his acknowledgement of Jesus’ role as Messiah and the fact that he recognized that Jesus was also a spirit proceeding from God. (4.171).
The dictionary defines the word “Messiah” as a deliverer. The prophesied role of Jesus as Messiah is to be the deliverer, or the redeemer of God’s people. The book of Job, which is the oldest book in the Bible, records Job saying in reference to the coming Messiah, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;” Job 19:25.
The purpose and coming of the Messiah is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament in similitudes and prophecies. There are seven major “foreshadows” which are outlined here.
1. Eden – (Genesis 1, 2, 3). Adam sins, God forgives his sin by making a sacrifice to cover him, thus saying Adam’s ability to cover himself is not sufficient, nor acceptable to God. It would be God’s plan that would be instigated for the atonement of mankind. God covers Adam and rebukes the devil who deceived him and revels the plan for mankind’s redemption – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and you shall bruise His heel – (Genesis 3:15). Messiah would be “bruised” afflicted.
2. Cain and Abel – (Genesis 4:3-5). Cain brings God an offering of his labors from ground that God had cursed. Cain’s offering represents man’s efforts to please God, and is rejected. Abel brings an offering from the flock representing the sacrifice God made in the garden to cover Adam. Abel’s offering is accepted.
3. Abraham and his Son – (Genesis 22:1-18). God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son. Just as Abraham is about to plunge in the knife, an angel intervenes and a substitution offering, a ram is provided in Isaac’s place and his life is spared. Abraham says, “God will provide Himself a lamb,” the sacrifice, paralleling this incident back to Eden again – only God can cover sin.
4. The Pass Over – (Exodus 12). God tells the Jews to put blood on the doorposts of their houses to protect them from the angel of death and God will “pass over” them and their lives will be spared, thus instigating the Passover sacrifice and the blood of a lamb is shed to save the people. God spares from death again by a sacrifice that He instigates.
5. The Wilderness – (Numbers 21:8, 9). In the wilderness, the people are dying from serpent bites. God tells Moses to make a brazen serpent on a pole and instructs him to tell the people to look upon it and they will not die. Jesus uses this analogy to apply it to Himself and His mission – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life – (John 3:14,15).
6. The law and the Tabernacle – (Exodus 20-32). God gave Moses the Ten Commandments written by God’s finger on stone tablets. At the same time Moses was also given the plan for the tabernacle which provided for the forgiveness of the sins of the people by the sprinkling of blood upon the mercy seat. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul (Leviticus 17:11). God had already made a provision for His people for the forgiveness of sins, because God knew His people would not be able to keep all the law. Before Moses could deliver the commandments to the people, they had already made the golden calf and had broken the first commandment ‘You shall have no other Gods before Me.” Moses broke the stone tablets upon which God had written His word to symbolize man’s inability to maintain his own righteousness. The prophet Isaiah spoke of the Messiah to come who would “sprinkle many nations” (Isaiah 52:15) with His blood for their redemption which would replace the tabernacle sacrifices.
7. Isaiah 53 – There are over two hundred prophecies concerning the Messiah throughout the Old Testament. The fifty-third chapter of the prophet Isaiah contains some of the most specific concerning the plan that was originally instigated in Eden. – 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 –Isaiah 53:5. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when You shall make His soul an offering for sin…(Isaiah 5:10). “God gave us the Scriptures contained in the Bible, including the Gospels, as the Qur’an says. The Old Testament outlines the plan and purpose of the Messiah, the New Testament contains the fulfillment.
Jesus is the prophesied Messiah.
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