What Does the Quran Say About Isa Mesih?

What Does the Quran Say About Isa Mesih?

If you are a Muslim, you love the Quran and treat it with great reverence.  You put it on the top shelf of the bookcase. You never write in it. You never let it lie around and collect dust.  Often you can’t read it because you don’t know Arabic, but you do read translations.

Though Christians follow God’s Holy Book, we respect those who hold the Quran in great reverence.  Christians read the Quran too.  They like to know what the Quran says about Isa Mesih.     

To be a proper Muslim, one must read the Holy Books that came before the Quran (Qs. 4:136). Since God is all-powerful, God’s Holy Word cannot be changed by any man (Qs. 6:115). God protects His Word. 

These books have much to tell about the straight way. As the Quran points to these books, it is great to see the Quran echo some of these truths.

Below are some of the things about Isa Mesih in the Quran that impress Christians.   

Isa Mesih is Righteous and Holy

Qs. 3:46 says: “…He will be one of the righteous.” Isa Al-Masih is the only prophet in the Quran without sin! His virgin birth also points to His purity (Qs. 3:47).  

The Bible also says that Isa Mesih was perfect. Acts 3:14 calls Isa “the Holy and Righteous One.” In Mark 1:23-25, Isa encounters a man who is possessed by an evil spirit. That man called Him “the Holy One of God.”

Isa Mesih is the Messiah

Qs. 3:45 tells us that Isa is the Messiah. He is given the highest honor, both now and forever. The Quran uses the term “Messiah” for Isa at least nine times, including Qs. 4:172.

The Bible also recognizes Isa as the Messiah, or the “Christ,” which is the Greek word. Andrew, one of Isa’s apostles, told his brother Peter, “We have found the Messiah” (Injil, John 1:41). Peter later confessed the same thing, saying to Isa, “You are the Christ” (Injil, Matthew 16:16).  

Isa Mesih Has Power Over Death

Qs. 3:49: “And will make him a messenger to the Children of Israel saying, ‘I have come to you with a sign from the Lord, … and bring the dead to life by Allah’s leave… Surely therein is a sign for you, if you believe.’”

Isa Mesih gave life to those who were dead! The Injil gives several specific recordings of this. One of them is in Mark 5, when Isa brought Jairus’ daughter back to life. Jairus was a synagogue ruler who came to Isa when his daughter was dying; and while they were traveling back to Jairus’ home, word came that she had died. Isa went with the man anyway; and when they arrived at the house, He told the girl to get up and she did (Injil, Mark 5:21-42)!

Isa’s Greatest Display of Power

While the miracles that Isa did were amazing, the most amazing display of life over death was when Isa Mesih came back to life after He sacrificed Himself!

Some of the women who had followed Isa went to the tomb where he had been buried. When they arrived, they found that the stone had been rolled away, and instead of Isa, there was an angel (Injil, Mark 16:5)! The angel told them that Isa was alive (Injil, Mark 16:6-7).

The women then went and told the disciples. Isa Mesih appeared to them as well as to many others (Injil, Mark 16:12-14). He then ascended into heaven and is still there (Injil, Mark 16:19).

I want to go to heaven; you want to go to heaven. Isa Mesih is in heaven and knows the way to heaven.  Of all the prophets, which one is best able to help us get to heaven?

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1.) Why should Muslims read the Holy Books that came before the Quran?
2.) The Quran and the Injil agree on several points about Isa. Why is this important?
3.) Why should we believe in Isa Mesih?