Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30)
Relate: The Qur’an doesn’t believe Jesus died. Islam takes the facts of the greatest sacrifice, the hinge of history, and replaces it with a common deception. It turns God into a trickster. In the Qur’an we read: That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise; (sura 4 An-Nisa ayat 157-158)
To explain this Ibn Abbas, Muhammad’s cousin and the first Qur’anic scholar said, “Just before Allah raised Jesus to the Heavens, Jesus went to his disciples, who were twelve inside the house. When he arrived, his hair was dripping with water (as if he had just had a bath) and he said, ‘There are those among you who will disbelieve in me twelve times after you had believed in me.’ He then asked, ‘Who among you will volunteer for his appearance to be transformed into mine, and be killed in my place. Whoever volunteers for that, he will be with me (in Paradise).’ One of the youngest ones among them volunteered, but Jesus asked him to sit down. Jesus asked again for a volunteer, and the same young man volunteered and Jesus asked him to sit down again. Then the young man volunteered a third time and Jesus said, ‘You will be that man,’ and the resemblance of Jesus was cast over that man while Jesus ascended to Heaven from a hole in the roof of the house.”
In other words, the greatest sacrifice was substituted for a cheap parlor trick. Jesus, the Son of God, ran away and some other young fool died in his place fooling the Jews and Romans so that the Messiah could be spared.
React: Although they got the particulars wrong, Islam is right in that there was a substitution. What they got wrong is which side of the substitution Jesus was on. According to Muhammad and his cousin, Jesus was supposed to die but he fled to heaven and someone else suffered and died in his place. In reality I was the one who was supposed to die but instead Jesus plundered hell after suffering and dying in my place. He went to the cross for me and his last words while hanging there were, “It is finished”.
Those weren’t the words of a young dupe joining with God in the biggest practical joke ever played on humanity. They were the words of the one who took my sin. My bondage and slavery to sin is finished. The power is broken. My guilt and fear of an impending just judgement is finished. The price was bought and paid for my soul. My freedom was purchased at the cost of the very life of God Himself. All of history, all of time, hinges on this one simple sentence. “Jesus said, ‘It is finished’ then he bowed and released his spirit.” When he released His, mine was set free as well. That was the great substitution.
God, I thank You for dying in my place. I thank You for taking on Yourself the punishment for my sin. You walked that road, took the pain, suffered and died… for me. Nobody died in Your place but You did die in mine. The truth of that does not give me doubt but rather confidence that it truly is finished. I am free. I am forgiven. Thank You.