The Injil records that Isa Al-Masih died on the cross. Joseph of Arimathea buried Isa in a tomb (Injil, John 19:38). After three days, He came back to life.
Evidence for Isa’s Crucifixion and Death
There is much evidence to prove that Isa did in fact die on a cross. Both Jewish and Roman sources confirm what the Injil says. “On the eve of the Passover Yeshu [Isa] was hanged [or crucified] …” (Talmud, b. Sanhedrin 43a). “Christus … was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate” (Cornelius Tacitus in his Annals, xv. 44).
The Injil also records many eye witnesses, including chief priests, temple officials, and Roman soldiers. There were also Isa’s family and friends, the two thieves, the disciples, and many more.
The Injil assures us that Isa really died. It records that a Roman soldier stabbed Him, “… one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and…there came out blood and water” (Injil, Apostle John 19:34). Medical science has taught us that this only happens when a person is dead.
The Quran Stands Alone with One Verse and no Hadith
The Quran states, “And [for] their saying, ‘Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.’ And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them … And they did not kill him, for certain …” (Qs 4:157). This verse goes against the great evidence and the almost universal view of the populace of its day.
Also, how could someone else resemble Isa? The Bible records that both Isa’s mother and Mary Magdalene witnessed the whole process (Injil, Apostle John 19.25-27). More importantly, Roman soldiers guarded Isa closely (Injil, Apostle Matthew 27:62-64). Hence, there’s no possibility that someone could replace him. If it happened, where is the proof? There is no proof up to now!
Proof of Isa Rising from Death
The Injil records, Mary Magdalene, Isa’s follower, witnessed the empty tomb. “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher)” (Injil, John 20:16). Mary Magdalene was close to Isa. She knew her teacher very well.
Isa was a human being. But He rose from death! He had to die to save you and me from sin’s penalty. No one can release himself from this penalty. Only God can do it. Not by our good deeds, but only by God’s grace. “… if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Injil, Romans 10:9). Do you want to receive this gift? Isa also showed himself to others. “Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time …” (Injil, 1 Corinthians 15:6). This shows that Isa’s death and resurrection are not fiction, but the truth.
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