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One week before the expiration of seventy weeks (Dan. 9:26)

(…continues from part four…)

5)            Jesus was put to trial, was severely punished – as it had been prophesied –; He died on the cross and was buried. Who is this Allah that denies the Sonship and the crucifixion of the Christ? The Bible documents that He arose from death in the early hours of the third day which happened to be the first day of the week. Remember that the LORD of the Sabbath rested on the seventh day of creation. Right? Why would He rise up on the first day? Is it not to prove that He owns the first and the last days? Does it remind us of the reason why He is the Alpha and Omega? Selah!

                As-Saf 61:14 O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah, as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah.” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant.

Tafsir: Muslims are always the Natural Supporters of Islam. Allah orders them to accept His and His Messenger’s call, just as the disciples said to Prophet `Isa when he said, Who are my helpers (in the cause) of Allah? Meaning, `who will support me in conveying the Message of Allah, the Exalted and Most Honored’. The Hawariyyun said: In reference to the followers of `Isa, peace be upon him,

We are Allah’s helpers. Meaning, `we will support you with regards to the Message you have been sent with and will help you convey it.’ Whereby, `Isa sent the disciples to the various areas of Ash-Sham to call the Greeks and the Israelites to Islam.

A Group of the Children of Israel believed in `Isa and a Group of Them disbelieved. Allah said, Then a group of the Children of Israel believed and a group disbelieved. When `Isa, peace be on him, conveyed the Message of his Lord to his people and the disciples supported him, a group from the Children of Israel believed. They accepted the guidance that `Isa brought to them, while another group, was led astray. This group rejected what `Isa brought them, denied his Prophethood and invented terrible lies about him and his mother. They are the Jews, may Allah curse them until the Day of Judgement.

Another group exaggerated over `Isa, until they elevated him to more than the level of Prophethood that Allah gave him. They divided into sects and factions, some saying that `Isa was the son of Allah, while others said that he was one in a trinity, and this is why they invoke the father, the son and the holy ghost! Some of them said that `Isa was Allah, as we mentioned in the Tafsir of Surah An-Nisa’.

Allah gives Victory to the Believing Group. Allah said, So, We gave power to those who believed against their enemies, He then asked, `Who among you volunteers that he be made to resemble me and be killed instead of me; he will be with me in my place (in Paradise).’ One of the youngest men present volunteered, but `Isa commanded him to sit down. `Isa repeated his statement and the young man again stood up and volunteered, and `Isa again told him to sit down. `Isa repeated the same statement and the young man volunteered. This time, `Isa said, `Then it will be you.’

The appearance of `Isa was cast upon that young man, while `Isa, peace be on him, was raised to heaven through an opening in the roof of the house. The Jews came looking for `Isa and arrested the one that appeared as him, killing him by crucifixion. Some of them disbelieved in `Isa twelve times, after they had believed in him. They divided into three groups. One group, Al-Ya`qubiyyah (the Jacobites), said, `Allah remained with us as much as He willed and then ascended to heaven.’ Another group, An-Nasturiyyah (the Nestorians), said, `Allah’s son remained with us as much as Allah willed and He then raised him up to heaven.’ A third group said, `Allah’s servant and Messenger remained with us as much as Allah willed and then Allah raised him up to Him.’ The last group was the Muslim group. The two disbelieving groups collaborated against the Muslim group and annihilated it. Islam remained unjustly concealed until Allah sent Muhammad,

Then a group of the Children of Israel believed and a group disbelieved. (This is a shortened tafsir.)

“…he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26)

                The kernel of kerygmatic essentiality of Christian gospel is the Golgotha substitutionary event. Hebrews 9:22, 25 & 26 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 25) Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” The words of Jesus to His disciples concerning His resurrection is documented in Luke 24:44-47 44) “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45) Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” This took place after He had risen from death, talking with two of His disciples (obviously of the seventy) who were mourning His death, while on their way to Emmaus.  

                Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. You were born in sin. Say this sinner’s prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be continued…)

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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.


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