Christians worship Jesus. His many miracles are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.
Jesus is beloved to Muslims, as well, and Muslims love him just like they love and respect all the other prophets equally without any discrimination. As a matter of fact, Jesus is mentioned in the Koran more than Muhammad and referred to 25 times in the Koran with his Arabic name “Isa”. He is also called “the son of Mary,” and “the word of God” as well as “Spirit from God”, “the Messiah”, and “Messenger of God.”
Muslims believe that Jesus is a blessed prophet, whom God granted a miraculous and honored life. God described him to be “of high esteem in this world and the hereafter, and one of those brought near” (Koran, 3:45), and God revealed that Jesus would be rewarded in the hereafter. According to the Koran, Jesus is known for his excellent moral values and his unprecedented character that caught people’s attention at first sight. He is described as an extremely committed and courageous person, with a very strong trust in God. (Koran, 6:83-87)
The life of Jesus was full of miracles, which began to take place even before he was born and which many people witnessed, which are recorded in the Bible. In the Koran, Mary was given the good news of Jesus, and that he would be sent as a messenger to the people of Israel. Mary’s conversation with God continues as such due to the miraculous birth of his son: “[Mary:] ‘My Lord! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?’ He said, ‘It will be so.’ God creates whatever He wills. When He decides on something, He just says to it, ‘Be!’” (Koran, 3:89)
God supported His chosen prophets with miracles so that they would be protected from the malevolent plots of the unbelievers and hypocrites and also help them communicate the faith of God to people. With these miracles granted to him by God, Jesus was able to heal the sick and disabled, cured people suffering from leprosy, brought sight to those who had been blind from birth, and even raised the dead. As we learn from the Bible, he always told the people he healed, who were naturally very impressed: “Your faith has saved you”.
Some of the miracles he performed by God’s leave and which are referred to both in the Koran and the Bible are:
Raising the Dead
Both Christians and Muslims, in line with their holy books, believe that Jesus brought forth the dead.
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:43-44)
Remember when God said: “O Jesus, son of Mary, remember My blessing to you and to your mother… when you brought forth the dead by My permission…” (Koran, 5:110)
Both the Bible and the Koran contain passages of Jesus’ healing the blind and the leper.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him… Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. (Mark 8:22-25)
“… I will heal the blind and the leper, and bring the dead to life, by God’s permission. I will tell you what you eat and what you store up in your homes. There is a sign for you in that if you are believers.” (Koran, 3:49)
A Bird coming to Life out of Clay
This miracle is mentioned only in the Koran:
….as a Messenger to the tribe of Israel, saying: “I have brought you a sign from your Lord. I will create the shape of a bird out of clay for you and then breathe into it and it will be a bird by God’s permission, I will tell you what you eat and what you store up in your homes. There is a sign for you in that if you are believers.” (Koran, 3:49)
We understand from the Koran and the Bible that Jesus’ creation was by itself miraculous, and the presence of miracles continued throughout his life. Therefore, Jesus’ second coming, which both Muslims and Christians eagerly await, will also be a miraculous and metaphysical occurrence that will have a beautiful impact on the entire world.
The Miracle of the Second Coming
Many scholars of the past as well as many researchers of our time expressed their valuable opinions on the second coming of Jesus and informed people about the conditions that he will face. For example, in The Messianic Legacy, we are told: “As in Jesus’s time, we live, quite palpably, in the shadow of an impending apocalyptic event… We are all helpless hostages to a reality we no longer fully control… And beneath the general anxiety, the maddening sense of impotence, the disillusionment with inept or irresponsible politicians, there is a profound longing for a genuine spiritual leader… who will understand, will take charge and – without of course violating established democratic freedoms – assume the role of guide, conferring meaning once again on lives which have grown increasingly empty.”
Additionally, Acts 1:11 gives evidence about his return: “… This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The Koran gives the glad tidings of his second coming as follows:
And I will place the people who follow you above those who are unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection. Then you will all return to Me, and I will judge between you regarding the things about which you differed. (Koran, 3:55)
In this verse, God mentions that a group of Jesus’ true followers will dominate the unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection. Jesus did not have many followers during his tenure on Earth. Therefore, we cannot say that the early Christians dominated the unbelievers in the sense indicated by this verse. This will be possible in the second coming of Jesus, which will be a great blessing for all humanity.
People of the world today will see a prophet for the first time in their lives, and will have the incredible experience of witnessing his admirable, superior character and wisdom. Therefore, it is the duty of believers – be they Christians or Muslims – to prepare for his coming with joy, excitement and enthusiasm. The believers should contemplate on the significance of events in the world and be cognizant of the signs of the End Times so that they can pave the way for the most important guest the believers can ever expect to see.
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