Jesus / Issa
God doesn’t have a Son….
…. how many times have I heard this statement.
This is what you stressed whenever I spoke of Jesus as the Son of God.
“No stress”. I think that it is important to emphasise from the start that for us, Christians, it does not mean that God was “united” with Mary to give birth to Jesus. Saying or thinking such a thing would be blasphemy!!
Jesus was conceived by the power of God alone and not by any human, or physical, intervention whatsoever. Is it not true that God is all powerful? Here is what the Bible tells us in the Gospel about his birth (Luke 1:30-35)
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God.”
The Word of God, Kalimatoul Allah
It is interesting to know that for you, Muslims, Jesus is the Word of God. (John 1:14-17)
The Gospel (Ingil) shows us that Jesus, (Issa) in his earthly ministry, was able to forgive sins. He did and knew far more than humans have access to. He did many miracles such as raising the dead, healing the paralytics, the blind, the mute and cleansing the leprous. He cast out demons, calmed the storm, fed thousands of people with five loaves and two fish and even walked on water.
He is One with God, in perfect unity. In his heavenly ministry now, he can do everything and he knows everything. He is righteous and just. He completely knows your thoughts, including those you are thinking at the moment. He is the only human being to have lived a sinless life.
Dead, raised, taken up to heaven, and coming back in the last days.
Above all, Jesus really died upon the cross (see “Feasts” – Easter) , but the third day after his death, God raised him from the dead in a body which can never die again, which shows us that he is stronger than death. Then he was taken up to heaven to reign over his new people and he is still alive now. He will come to reign at the end of the world.
We, Christians (disciples of Jesus), we believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. We believe that the miracles which he did during his time on earth amongst human beings, he can still do in our lives.
I know that for you Muslims, you believe that Jesus is still alive. For that reason, I am allowing myself to challenge you with the following question.
Question :If Jesus is still alive, why not address a prayer to him?