I received the following comment on a blog post:
Did you know that Muslims believe Jesus is the Messiah? Where does that fit into John 14:6?
Someone else responded to that by saying:
See you can’t speak for all Muslims. Some do believe Jesus is the Messiah, others believe he was just a prophet who died, etc. What does the word Messiah mean to Muslims?
I think that was a pretty good response. Ask the guy for more clarity. Do all Muslims believe Jesus was the Messiah? They likely refer to him as the Christ, but do they know that Christ means Messiah, and if they do know this, what exactly does the word Messiah mean to Muslims? Do they have Messianic expectations that are the same as the Jews? Do they understand Jesus’ role as the Messiah in the same way as Christians?
The original commenter responded saying:
It’s part of their doctrine. Mainstream Muslims say to not believe Jesus sits even now at the right hand of God and will come again is not to be Muslim. They believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. Look it up. It’s in the fundamentals of Islamic doctrin
This reply doesn’t exactly address the meaning of Messiah and doesn’t show that Muslims believe everything Christians believe about John 14:6 and the personhood of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. Here’s the comment I left after this string of comments:
I know that you are right that Muslims believe that Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary.
I also know that they don’t believe he died. That is clearly stated in the Qur’an. If he did not die, then the doctrine of his atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind is not within Islam, which means that Muslims reject the prophesies of Isaiah 53. Muslims believe that each man must pay for his own sin, that they cannot stick their sins to someone else. This means Christians have quite a different understanding of who Jesus is and what he did for mankind than Muslims do.
The following page shows the verses from the Qur’an that support that Jesus was born of a virgin, did not have an earthly Father just as Adam, and did not die:http://www.islam-guide.com/ch3-10.htm.
Help me out, please. Where do you find that Muslims believe that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father and that he is the Messiah. Also show me what Muslims believe concerning the Messiah. I know that Christians recognize that Messiah means “anointed one” and that prophets, priests, and kings were anointed in ancient Israel. Christians believe that Jesus as the Messiah fulfills all three offices in such a way that no other person possibly can because Jesus is fully God and fully man (another Doctrine that Muslims reject).
Any feedback or additional thoughts or answers to the questions I left in my post on this topic would be appreciated.
- Did you know that the Qur’an has a lot to say about Jesus? (andywrasman.com)
- Qur’an and the Injeel #4 (andywrasman.com)
- Qur’an and the Injeel #5 (andywrasman.com)
- Did the Resurrection Really Happen? (andywrasman.com)