Matthew’s Gospel ( Good News Story)
(Back then, about two thousand years ago…)
Matthew Chapter 16
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and o⁸n this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Today, in 2022, what do people say?
The Muslims say this about him.
(From the Wikipedia, the general online Internet encyclopedia).
In the Quran, Jesus is described as the Messiah (al-Masīḥ), born of a virgin, performing miracles, accompanied by disciples, rejected by the Jewish establishment, and being raised to heaven.
The Quran asserts that Jesus wasn’t crucified nor died on the cross, and was miraculously saved by God. He is believed to have been the only two humans to be born ‘sinless’, along with his mother Maryam. The Quran places Jesus amongst the greatest prophets, and mentions him with various titles, the most prominent being ‘Spirit of God’ (Rūḥ Allāh). He is referred, directly or indirectly, over 187 times, and thus, he is one of the most mentioned people in the Quran by references; 25 times by the name Isa, third-person 48 times, first-person 35 times and the rest as titles.
The Quran rejects the Christian view of Jesus’ divinity as God incarnate, or the literal Son of God. It denies Jesus as a deity in several verses, and also mentions that Jesus did not claim to be divine. Muslims believe that Jesus’ original message was altered (taḥrīf) after him being raised alive. He is also reported to have prophesized Muhammad by using the name Ahmad for the latter. Like all prophets in Islam, Jesus is also called a Muslim, as he preached that his followers should adopt the ‘straight path’ (Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm). Over the centuries, Muslim writers have referenced other miracles like casting out demons, having borrowed from some heretical pre-Islamic sources, and from canonical sources as legends about Jesus were expanded.
The question facing us today, each of us, is who do we think that Jesus is, a great teacher of morals, a religious fanatic, a legend or a myth, a crackpot preacher, a con-man, or like Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Messiah, the One sent from God to save the world ”
What do you say?
What you think and say about Jesus, good or bad, will change your life and your future actions.