Who Said Messiah Would Go to the Cross?

  What was Messiah's main mission?

  We can take a cue from the name which had been chosen for Him hundreds of years before He came down to earth: Yeshua, which means "Yahweh is Salvation."

  But at the time that He came in the 1st century, Israel had been conquered by the Roman Empire and the Jews were being cruelly oppressed by their Occupiers. They longed to be set free and were looking for a mighty king like David who would form an Israelite army  to defeat the Roman Goliath.

  But was that Yahweh's Plan? 


  Or did He have a better solution in mind, one that would restore mankind to Him for eternity? 


  Two years into His ministry, Jesus explains to His followers exactly what was going to happen to Him:


21 From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day.


22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!”


23 But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.” Matthew 16

  What had Peter said that he should receive such a stinging rebuke from His Master? 

  Just as He said, Jesus was scolding Peter for having a mindset that was aligned with man's thinking rather than God's. Where men are set on the easiest and most comfortable way out, God is not. 

  The cross had always been God's Plan.



  Where Peter may have thought that Jesus had come to be the next King David who would oust the Romans and establish a new Kingdom of Israel, God had much bigger things in mind.

  The salvation of men's souls was Jesus' goal, and Peter's attempt to pander to Him was not welcome.

  As early as the dedication of Jesus at the Temple, the Lord had already sent a prophecy to His parents to forewarn them about the pain that lay ahead (italics mine):

34 Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed— 

35 and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2

  But as far back as the Garden of Eden, Yahweh had already spoken about the day the Messiah would do final battle against God's enemy, Satan:


"I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your seed and her seed.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel." 
Genesis 3:15


  Millennia later, and about a thousand years before Jesus' crucifixion, King David the psalmist prophesied about it...



"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Why are You so far from my deliverance
and from my words of groaning?"
Psalm 22:1


"For dogs have surrounded me;
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me...



they pierced my hands and my feet.



They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing."
Psalm 22:16



  Seven hundred years before the Christ, YHWH spoke once again, this time through the prophet Isaiah. And once again He gave us a glimpse into the ordeal that the Suffering Servant, Messiah, would have to endure:

 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
    crushed because of our iniquities;
    punishment for our peace was on Him,
    and we are healed by His wounds.

 6 We all went astray like sheep;

    we all have turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has punished Him
    for the iniquity of us all.

    ...

10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.
     When You make Him a restitution offering,
     He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
     and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.

11 He will see it out of His anguish,

     and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
     My righteous Servant will justify many,
     and He will carry their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion,

     and He will receive the mighty as spoil,
     because He submitted Himself to death,
     and was counted among the rebels;
     yet He bore the sin of many
     and interceded for the rebels. Isaiah 53

  Isaiah also told us why all that pain was necessary.

  Messiah had been sent to be our restitution offering. 

  It was He who bore the punishment for our sins upon Himself in complete fulfillment of the Torah, the Law YHWH had given to Moses.

  Two hundred years after Isaiah, and about 500 years before Jesus went to the cross, Yahweh spoke through Zechariah about Messiah's Second Coming. And YHWH made this astounding declaration (italics mine):

10 “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for Him as one weeps for a firstborn." Zechariah 12 

  This is astounding because the Yahweh Who is speaking is not only promising to open the eyes of His people, the Jews, and reveal Who He is before He comes again, but YHWH is saying that He is the very same One Whom they pierced. 

  The Yahweh Who is speaking in Zechariah 12 is the very same Messiah Yeshua Whose people had rejected Him when He first came. The very same Yeshua Who...

 6 ... existing in the form of God,
    did not consider equality with God
    as something to be used for His own advantage.

 7 Instead He emptied Himself
    by assuming the form of a slave,
    taking on the likeness of men.
    And when He had come as a man
    in His external form,

 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
    to the point of death—
    even to death on a cross. Philippians 2



Jesus is Lord!

  Most, if not all, of the crucifixion pictures are stills from the Mel Gibson movie, "The Passion of the Christ."


  See also:
  

  Why Did Jesus Shout, "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" at the Cross?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/01/why-did-jesus-shout-my-god-my-god-why.html


  Jesus Teaches About His Coming Death and Resurrection
  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-teaches-about-his-coming-death.html  


    Two Old Testament Prophets Who Witnessed to the Coming Crucifixion and Death of Jesus?


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/two-ot-prophets-who-witnessed-to-coming.html





And the Word Was God (John 1, P66)

The Greek word Logos, 
which means "the Word"

  The Bible clearly says Jesus is God. Here we will present just one of the many proofs that Christians have from the ancient manuscripts. 

  First, let us take a look at the text of John 1:1-3 and 14 in English in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB):

1 In the beginning was the Word,

   and the Word was with God,
   and the Word was God.

2 He was with God in the beginning.


3 All things were created through Him,

  and apart from Him not one thing was created
  that has been created.

  ...


14 The Word became flesh

     and took up residence among us.
     We observed His glory,
     the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
     full of grace and truth. John 1

  In the very first verses of his Gospel, the Apostle John the Beloved doesn't just echo the "In the beginning..." first words of the prophet Moses in his first verses of the Book of Genesis, but John also definitively states that Jesus, the Word, is God. 

  All throughout the New Testament, John and his co-authors are explicit about the Word and the Father being separate and distinct Persons. And yet both, together with the Holy Spirit, are the one God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are one as the Elohim (plural) God of Moses in the Torah.

  John tells us that Jesus was in the very same beginning as Moses' beginning as the Word, which is "Logos" in the original Greek. 

  Jesus was with God.

  And the Logos, Jesus, was God. (verse 1)

  Perhaps to further emphasize this truth, John then repeats the statement that the Logos was with God in the beginning. (verse 2)

  In verse 3, John declares that the Logos created all things. In short, He is the Creator God. 

  In verse 14, we read that that very same Logos came down to earth and took the form of a human being.

  This is how the text of John 1:1 reads in the Greek text: 

1:1 Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος


  We provide that Greek text so that you can begin to read the first line of John 1 in this manuscript and confirm for yourself that those are the very same words that John wrote in his Gospel:

Papyrus 66
from c. 175AD or earlier

  What you have just read is merely a sample of the many volumes of historical manuscript evidence available to Christians today, all of which proves that, contrary to the claims of unbelievers, Jesus was recognized and worshiped as God by His followers when He walked the earth almost 2,000 years ago.

  The deity of Jesus was not a later invention, as some claim.

  The Bible has not been corrupted.

  We have virtually the exact same text today as the Bible's authors wrote down almost two millennia ago. 

  The Lord Jesus has kept His promise:

  "Heaven and earth will pass away, 
   but My words will never pass away." 
   Matthew 24:35  

  Jesus is Lord!


  See also:

  The Lord Our God is One!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-lord-our-god-is-one.html

  The Jewish Concept of the Complex Unity of God


  Dr. Daniel Wallace on Islam and the New Testament

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zn1mvL4oHA&list=UUy5H0uunC2qMk0iOF4SHKUw


Who Will Judge All on the Last Day?


  When Judgment Day comes -- and deep inside, we all can sense it is coming -- Who do you think it is Who will judge you?


  The Bible is clear about two things on this issue:

  First, God alone is the Judge because He alone is righteous and holy and worthy to judge all mankind. No human being has either the right or the authority to make judgments as regards any other human's eternal destiny. Only God can be trusted with that. As the psalmists say:


  "Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You." Psalm 82:8 

  "The heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God is the Judge." Psalm 50:6 

  "... God is the Judge:

   He brings down one and exalts another." Psalm 75:7 

  YHWH speaks these warnings to the bad shepherds of His people through the prophet Ezekiel:

  "I, Yahweh, have spoken.
   It is coming, and I will do it!
   I will not refrain, I will not show pity,
   and I will not relent.
   I will judge you
   according to your ways and deeds.
   This is the declaration of the Lord God." Ezekiel 24:14 

  But, as the Good Shepherd, His promise of justice also carries with it comfort for His sheep. They know they can depend on Him to be just always: 

  “The Lord God says to you, My flock: I am going to judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and male goats." Ezekiel 34:17


  “Therefore, this is what the Lord God says to them: See, I Myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep." Ezekiel 34:20 

  The New Testament also bears witness to God's authority as the Sovereign Judge and His determination to execute justice for all:

  "... to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to God who is the Judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect..." Hebrews 12:23 

  "Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers." Hebrews 13:4 

  The second thing that the Bible is clear about is the identity of the One Who YHWH will use to judge mankind. 

  A thousand years before Messiah came to earth, King David told us Who that Judge would be:  

10 So now, kings, be wise;
     receive instruction, you judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with reverential awe
     and rejoice with trembling.

12 Pay homage to the Son or He will be angry
     and you will perish in your rebellion,
     for His anger may ignite at any moment.
     All those who take refuge in Him are happy. Psalm 2

  David was writing about the Son of God, Jesus, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead.

  Jesus, Who is 100% God and 100% man.

  Jesus is that Judge of all creation.

  Who better to judge all men than the One Who has lived as one of us? Of course, while He may have lived as one of us, even a cursory reading of the Gospels will show that none of us is His equal. In the way He lived and even in the way He died, Jesus proved His deity. We see this as well in His words. The Lord Jesus says in John 5 (italics mine for emphasis),

22 "The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son


23 so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him."


  So perfect is the unity between the Father and the Son that Jesus calls all mankind to honor Them both equally. In the very same way that we worship the Father, so we must worship the Son. After all, as Jesus says, "The Father and I are one." John 10:30

  In a continuing demonstration of that unity, we are told that the Father has handed over the judgment of sinners to the Son, the One Whose favorite title for Himself was, "Son of Man."
  
  In Matthew 25 Jesus says,

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 

32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 

33 He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. 

34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world..."

  And what will be the fate of those who have rejected Jesus as King, Lord and Savior?

41 Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!


  This is indeed the Son of Whom King David had warned. He may have come as the Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world when He came the first time, but He returns as the Conquering King before Whom none will be able to stand. None.

  The rest of the New Testament confirms Jesus' Judgeship:

  "He commanded us to preach to the people and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead." Acts 10:42 

  "... because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:31 

  "There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:8 

  "They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead." 1 Peter 4:5 

  The Lord Jesus reiterates the fact that judgment is coming for those who persist in rejecting His Lordship in the final chapter of the last Book of the New Testament:

12 “Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done. 

13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 

15 Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22

  We all would do well to heed His warning.




Jesus is Lord!

  See also:

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/02/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-god-worship-me.html

  Where Does Jesus Say "I Am God" in the Aramaic Bible?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/09/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-god-in.html

  The Lord Our God is One!




Was Muhammad Illiterate?

  The Islamic sources tell us that, when Muhammad was asked to do miracles to prove that God had indeed sent him, he could not do any. Muhammad said it was because Allah had only sent him as a "Warner," meaning that all he had the power to do was to speak the message of his god. 

  But it seems that not all of his followers were content with having a prophet who had no miracles to his name, and so they decided to somewhat embellish his story. They claim that Muhammad was illiterate, unable to either read or write, and that therefore the Quran itself was the miracle that Allah had given Muhammad.

  This poses a few problems for the Muslims who make this claim.

  First, it contradicts their own god's words in his Quran claiming that Muhammad was only a Warner and not a miracle worker. (Quran 29:50, 7:188, 13:7)

  Second, some scholars say the Arabic word, "ummi," which had originally been translated as "illiterate" is better translated as "one who has no book," or "a people to whom no book has ever been given." 

  Other scholars say the word simply means "unschooled," in reference to one who has received no formal religious training.

  And lastly, the Islamic sources themselves prove that Muhammad could read and write. Citations are listed below. Italics are ours.

  From Sahih Bukhari:
  Narrated Anas bin Malik:
  Once the Prophet wrote a letter or had an idea of writing a letter. The Prophet was told that they (rulers) would not read letters unless they were sealed. So the Prophet got a silver ring made with "Muhammad Allah's Apostle" engraved on it. As if I were just observing its white glitter in the hand of the Prophet… (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 65)
  Narrated 'Ursa:
  The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death). (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88)
  Narrated 'Ubaidullah bin 'Abdullah:
  Ibn 'Abbas said, "When the ailment of the Prophet became worse, he said, 'Bring for me (writing) paper and I will write for you a statement after which you will not go astray.' But 'Umar said, 'The Prophet is seriously ill, and we have got Allah's Book with us and that is sufficient for us.' But the companions of the Prophet differed about this and there was a hue and cry. On that the Prophet said to them, 'Go away (and leave me alone). It is not right that you should quarrel in front of me." Ibn 'Abbas came out saying, "It was most unfortunate (a great disaster) that Allah's Apostle was prevented from writing that statement for them because of their disagreement and noise." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 114)
  From Sahih Muslim:
  Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: When Allah's Apostle was on his death-bed and in the house there were some people among whom was 'Umar bin Al-Khattab, the prophet said, "Come, let me write for you a statement after which you will not go astray." 'Umar said, "The prophet is seriously ill and you have the Qur'an; so the Book of Allah is enough for us." The people present in the house differed and quarrelled. Some said "Go near so that the prophet may write for you a statement after which you will not go astray," while the others said as Umar said. When they caused a hue and cry before the prophet, Allah's Apostle said, "Go away!" Narrated 'Ubaidullah: Ibn 'Abbas used to say, "It was very unfortunate that Allah's Apostle was prevented from writing that statement for them because of their disagreement and noise." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 70, Hadith Number 573)

  Abu Laila 'Abdullah b. 'Abd al-Rahman b. Sahl reported that the elderly persons of (the tribe) had informed Sahl b. Abu Hathma that 'Abdullah b. Sahl and Muhayyisa went out to Khaibar under some distress which had afflicted them. Muhayyisa came and informed that Abdutlah b. Sahl had been killed, and (his dead body) had been thrown in a well or in a ditch. He came to the Jews and said: By Allah, it is you who have killed him. They said: By Allah, we have not killed him. He then came to his people, and made mention of that to them. Then came he and his brother Huwayyisa, and he was older than he, and 'Abd al-Rahman b. Sahl. Then Muhayyisa went to speak, and it was he who had accompanied ('Abdullah) to Khaibar, whereupon Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said to Muhayyisa: Observe greatness of the great (he meant the seniority of age). Then Huwayyisa spoke and then Muhayyisa also spoke. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (pbuh)  said: They should either pay blood-wit for your companion, or be prepared for war. Allah's Messenger (pbuh) wrote about it to them (to the Jews). They wrote: Verily, by Allah, we have not killed him. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said to Huwayyisa and Muhayyisa and Abd al-Rahman: Are you prepared to take oath in order to entitle yourselves for the blood-wit of your companion? They said: No. He (the Holy prophet) said: Then the Jews will take oath (of their innocence). They said: They are not Muslims. Allah's Messenger (pbuh), however, himself paid the blood-wit to them and sent to them one hundred camels until they entered into their houses, Sahl said: One red she-camel among them kicked me. (Sahih Muslim, Book 16, Hadith 4126)
  It has been narrated on the authority of Anas that the prophet of Allah (pbuh) wrote to Chosroes (King of Persia), Caesar (Emperor of Rome), Negus (King of Abyssinia) and every (other) despot inviting them to Allah, the Exalted. And this Negus was not the one for whom the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) had said the funeral prayers. (Sahih Muslim, Book 19, Hadith 4382)
  From Sunan Abu Dawud:
  Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab: 
  Sa'id said: Umar ibn al-Khattab said: Blood-money is meant for the clan of the slain, and she will not inherit from the blood-money of her husband. Ad-Dahhak ibn Sufyan said: The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) wrote to me that I should give a share to the wife of Ashyam ad-Dubabi from the blood-money of her husband. So Umar withdrew his opinion. Ahmad ibn Salih said: AbdurRazzaq transmitted this tradition to us from Ma'mar, from az-Zuhri on the authority of Sa'id. In this version he said: The prophet (pbuh) made him governor over the bedouins. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 18, Hadith 2921) 
  Narrated Mujja'ah ibn Mirarah al-Yamani:
   Mujja'ah went to the prophet (pbuh) asking him for the blood-money of his brother whom Banu Sadus from Banu Dhuhl had killed. The prophet (pbuh) said: Had I appointed blood-money for a polytheist, I should have appointed it for your brother. But I shall give you compensation for him. So the prophet (pbuh) wrote (a document) for him that he should be given a hundred camels which were to be acquired from the fifth taken from the polytheists of Banu Dhuhl. So he took a part of them, for Banu Dhuhl embraced Islam. He then asked AbuBakr for them later on, and brought to him the document of the prophet (pbuh). So AbuBakr wrote for him that he should be given one thousand two hundred sa's from the sadaqah of al-Yamamah; four thousand (sa's) of wheat, four thousand (sa's) of barley, and four thousand (sa's) of dates. The text of the document written by the prophet (pbuh) for Mujja'ah was as follows: "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. This document is from Muhammad, the prophet, to Mujja'ah ibn Mirarah of Banu Sulma. I have given him one hundred camels from the first fifth acquired from the polytheist of Banu Dhuhl as a compensation for his brother." (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 19, Hadith 2984) 
  Narrated Yazid ibn Abdullah:
   We were at Mirbad. A man with dishevelled hair and holding a piece of red skin in his hand came. We said: You appear to be a bedouin. He said: Yes. We said: Give us this piece of skin in your hand. He then gave it to us and we read it. It contained the text: "From Muhammad, Apostle of Allah (pbuh) to Banu Zuhayr ibn Uqaysh. If you bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah, offer prayer, pay zakat, pay the fifth from the booty, and the portion of the prophet (pbuh) and his special portion (safi), you will be under by the protection of Allah and His Apostle." We then asked: Who wrote this document for you? He replied: The Apostle of Allah (pbuh). (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 19, Hadith 2993)
  Narrated Amir ibn Shahr:
  When the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) appeared as a prophet, Hamdan said to me: Will you go to this man and negotiate (pbuh) for us (with him)? If you accept something, we shall accept it, and if you disapprove of something, we shall disapprove of it. I said: Yes. So I proceeded until I came to the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) I liked his motive and my people embraced Islam. The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) wrote the document for Umayr Dhu Marran. He also sent Malik ibn Murarah ar-Rahawi to all the (people of) Yemen. So Akk Dhu Khaywan embraced Islam. Akk was told: Go to the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) and obtain his protection for your town and property. He therefore came (to him) and the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) wrote a document for him: "In the name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful. From Muhammad, the Apostle of Allah, to Akk Dhu Khaywan. If he is true his land, property and slave, he has the security and the protection of Allah, and Muhammad, the Apostle of Allah. Written by Khalid ibn Sa'id ibn al-'As." (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 19, Hadith 3021)
  Narrated Muslim ibn al-Harith ibn Muslim at-Tamimi:
  A similar tradition (to No. 5061) has been transmitted by Muslim ibn al-Harith ibn Muslim at-Tamimi on the authority of his father from the prophet (pbuh) hrough a different chain of narrators, up to "protection from it". But this version says: "before speaking to anyone". In this version Ali ibn Sahl said that his father told him. Ali and Ibn al-Musaffa said: The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) sent us on an expedition. When we reached the place of attack, I galloped my horse and outstripped my companions, and the people of that locality received me with a great noise. I said to them: Say "There is no god but Allah," and you will be protected. They said this. My companions blamed me, saying: You deprived us of the booty. When we came to the Apostle of Allah (pbuh), they told him what I had done. So he called me, appreciating what I had done, and said: Allah has recorded for you so and so (a reward) for every man of them. AbdurRahman said: I forgot the reward. The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) then said: I shall write a will for you after me. He did this and stamped it, and gave it to me, saying....He then mentioned the rest of the tradition to the same effect. Ibn al-Musaffa said: I heard al-Harith ibn Muslim ibn al-Harith at-Tamimi transmitting it from his father. (pbuh)(Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 41, Hadith 5062)
  Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:
   The prophet (pbuh) wrote a letter to Heraclius: "From Muhammad, the Apostle of Allah, to Hiraql (Heraclius), Chief of the Byzantines. Peace be to those who follow the guidance." Ibn Yahya reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas that AbuSufyan said to him: We then came to see Hiraql (Heraclius) who seated us before him. He then called for the letter from the Apostle of Allah (pbuh). Its contents were: "In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful, from Muhammad the Apostle of Allah, to Hiraql, chief of Byzantines. Peace be to those who follow the guidance. To proceed." (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 41, Hadith 5117)

  Sadly, in their desire to make their prophet appear more competitive  with the miracle-working prophets of the Bible, these Muslims have concocted another fable which is easily disproved. This only further weakens their claims that their religion comes from the One True God, Who despises lies and fabrications.


The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to Him:

arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet eager to run to evil,

a lying witness who gives false testimony,

and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
 Proverbs 6:16-19 


Jesus is Lord!  

  See also:

    Is Muhammad Only A Warner or a Prophet/Messenger? by Sam Shamoun


    http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/only_warner.html 




Who is the God of the Book of Hebrews?

  Most Bible critics are pretty quick to admit that the Father Whom Jesus speaks to in prayer is God and, of course, Christians readily agree because that is what the Bible teaches.

  But what happens when we keep reading the Bible and we find a verse in which the Father addresses His One and Only Son, Jesus, as God? 

  Biblical Trinitarians hold to the deity of Christ because they do not come to the Bible with presuppositions or dictate to God what He can and cannot be. Rather, Trinitarians allow the Word of God to speak for itself because we know from years of research, study and personal experience that the Scriptures are reliable and true. We do not ignore the verses we do not like and read only the ones we do like. 

  When one allows the Bible to guide one's thinking rather than letting his presuppositions get in the way, a God of Complex Unity is Who one meets. 

  A God Who is beyond description, beyond the grasp of the feeble mind of man to understand. 

  If He wasn't, He wouldn't be God.


  The first chapter of the Book of Hebrews presents just such a dilemma to those who deny that Jesus is God. A dilemma because it forces them to contend with a number of questions which can only be answered one way. Here is a portion of Hebrews 1:

 1 Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. 

 2 In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. 

 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 

 4 So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs.

 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, or again, I will be His Father, and He will be My Son? 

 6 When He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, And all God’s angels must worship Him. 

 7 And about the angels He says:
    "He makes His angels winds,
     and His servants a fiery flame,"

 8 but to the Son:
    "Your throne, God,
     is forever and ever,
     and the scepter of Your kingdom
     is a scepter of justice.

 9 You have loved righteousness
    and hated lawlessness;
    this is why God, Your God,
    has anointed You
    with the oil of joy
    rather than Your companions." Hebrews 1

  Now, here are some of the questions that this passage raises for those who say Jesus cannot be God:

  If Jesus is not God, why does the Father say Jesus created the universe?

  Why do these verses say Jesus inherits all things? 

  Can a mere man inherit all of creation?

  Why do they say that He sustains all things (meaning the same universe He created) by His word? 

  If Jesus is not God, why does the Bible say Jesus shares the throne with His Father? (scholars tell us that to sit at God's right hand is to share equally in His power and authority)

  Why does the Father command all angels to worship Jesus since only God is worthy of worship?

  And most importantly, why does the Father call Jesus God?

  In describing the Son, the Father quotes the words of a psalmist   who can only be speaking about YHWH the Creator:


25 Long ago You established the earth,

     and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

26 They will perish, but You will endure;

     all of them will wear out like clothing.
     You will change them like a garment,
     and they will pass away.

27 But You are the same,

     and Your years will never end. Psalm 102

  No mere man could have established the earth.

  No mere man could have created the heavens.

  No mere man is eternal. Every one of us has a beginning and will have an end.

  There are many more verses in the New Testament in which Jesus is called God. 

  There are many places in the Gospels where Jesus calls Himself God.

  But in these verses we can clearly see Jesus portrayed by the Father as God.

  When one comes to the Bible objectively, sans presuppositions, one can come to one conclusion and one conclusion only...

Jesus is God!


  See also:

  Who Says God Has No Son?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/who-says-god-has-no-son.html

  Can Man Become God?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/03/can-man-become-god.html

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-yhwh-god.html



"Now is the Time to Wake Up" (the ABN SAT Marathon) on YouTube


  To avoid having everyone scoot here and there searching for the links, we've created this post to keep track of all the shows in this latest marathon of "Jesus or Muhammad?" shows on apologetics to Islam.


  The shows are alternately hosted by Dr. David Wood, CL Edwards, and Chris Conway, with guests Anthony Rogers, Matt Slick, Farhan Qureshi, Dr. Bill Warner, Ptr. Joseph Najm, and Osama Dakdok.


  Apologetics Saves Lives, Part One 


  David Wood and CL Edwards host and discuss the lack of understanding of the Bible and Christian doctrine by an American convert to Islam and jihadi who beheaded a former co-worker. Ptr Joseph Najm pops in a couple of times, and they take call-in questions towards the end of the show


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCPh0K8qA8&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg 


  Apologetics Saves Lives, Part Two 


  Chris Conway and David Wood continue the discussion and are joined, first by Matt Slick of carm.org and later, by Anthony Rogers of AnsweringIslam and AnsweringMuslims (see ministry links below)


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdF3EdG-arQ&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg

  How Should We Confront the Islamic Challenge? 


  David Wood in a friendly discussion with former Muslim apologist and now agnostic Farhan Qureshi about how to deal with the problem of Islam


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9W40pkpCTQ&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg


  Why Are Women Converting To Islam? 


  David Wood and Chris Conway host.


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqox03DzM2E&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg


  The Myth of the Tiny Minority 

  David Wood and CL Edwards host. Their guest is Dr. Bill Warner.


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdNWusOum38&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg


  The Bible and The Qur'an 

  Matt Slick joins David and Chris Conway to discuss the holy books of the Jews, Christians and Muslims. 


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRI69NpC5sI&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg




  See also:

  ABN SAT's The Trinity Channel


  http://www.trinitychannel.com


  Trinity's YouTube Channel

  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg


  The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry


  http://carm.org

  Answering Muslims, the Islamoblog of Acts17 Ministries

  http://www.answeringmuslims.com  

  Answering Islam, a Christian and Muslim Dialog

  http://answering-islam.org

  


Whose Son is Messiah? (Matthew 22, Psalm 110)

  Among the most interesting texts in the Bible are the Old Testament verses which are quoted in the New Testament. The richness and full import of these passages can be best appreciated when one examines how they are used in the New Testament.

  It is especially interesting to note how the Lord Jesus, Who is the focus of so much of the text, would quote from and interpret particular verses. We find one such example in Matthew 22.

  In the passage, Jesus has only a few days left before His crucifixion and death, and He is fully aware of it. He had been teaching His apostles that this day was coming for some time now.

  After Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem where His praises had been sung by men, women and children, the Jewish religious leaders were growing increasingly desperate to find a way to stop Jesus once and for all.


41 While the Pharisees were together, Jesus questioned them,


42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?”

     “David’s,” they told Him.

43 He asked them, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls Him ‘Lord’:


44 The Lord declared to my Lord,

     ‘Sit at My right hand
     until I put Your enemies under Your feet’?

45 “If David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how then can the Messiah be his Son?”


46 No one was able to answer Him at all, and from that day no one dared to question Him anymore.



  How indeed? How is it that King David would call Someone "Lord" when that Someone would only be born about 1,000 years later?

  Here is what David wrote in Psalm 110:

 1 This is the declaration of the Lord

    to my Lord:
    “Sit at My right hand
    until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

 2 The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion.

    Rule over Your surrounding enemies.

 3 Your people will volunteer

    on Your day of battle.
    In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn,
    the dew of Your youth belongs to You.

 4 The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:

    “Forever, You are a priest
    like Melchizedek.”

 5 The Lord is at Your right hand;

    He will crush kings on the day of His anger.

 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up corpses;

    He will crush leaders over the entire world.

 7 He will drink from the brook by the road;

    therefore, He will lift up His head.

  In Psalm 110:1 which reads, "This is the declaration of the Lord to my Lord," the Hebrew says, "YHWH said to Adonee." Now, Adonee means "lord" but does not necessarily denote deity or divinity. We must go to the context of the rest of the verse to see what is being communicated.

  The Greek LXX (Septuagint), on the other hand, translates it as, "The Lord said to my lord." And this is the form in which we find it in the New Testament, where Jesus quotes it to cause the Pharisees to consider more deeply who He was, using a passage they would have been more than familiar with. The Pharisees knew quite well that Psalm 110 was a Messianic psalm, hence Jesus' question which totally stumped them. Paraphrasing here:

  "If Messiah is the son of David, why would David call Him lord?"

  Note the first phrase of the verse. Messiah is the son of David, and therefore He is a man. And yet He is not just a man.

  Jesus asked, “If David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how then can the Messiah be his Son?”

  The Jews hold David in very high esteem, and yet, in this passage, David declares that Messiah is someone much higher in rank and authority than himself. In the Kingdom of Israel, everyone served King David, and yet here is David calling Messiah his Lord, making himself the servant of the Messiah.

  The fact that YHWH says to His Anointed (which is what the term "Messiah" means), "Sit at My right hand..." combined with the message of the rest of Psalm 110 further conveys the understanding that this is no mere man, as God shares His glory with no man.

  David served only one King, YHWH Himself, so this means that David was saying He served the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords: King Yeshua, Jesus the Christ, 100% Man and 100% God.

  This is why in Revelation 22:16, Jesus can say, "I am the Root and the Offspring of David." Yeshua created David and was therefore his Root, but He was also his Offspring, since Messiah descended from the line of David.

  All of this humbling Messiah was willing to undergo, in order to save man from his sins. As the Apostle Paul documents for us in Philippians 2:

"... Christ Jesus,

who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.

Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.

For this reason God highly exalted Him
and gave Him the name
that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—

and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2:5-11

  Amen!



  See also:

  Episode 25 of "Answering Toughest Objections to Psalm 110," 
Dr. Michael Brown

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwbrYedGYVY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUbINn3x-intLp88Zrf8acpg


  The Messiah, The Son of God?


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-messiah-son-of-god.html

  Was Jesus "Just a Messiah?" (Matthew 26)


  How Many Messiahs Were the Jews Expecting?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-many-messiahs-were-jews-expecting.html



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