Looking a Little Closer

It’s written in the Holy Quran:

Now when Jesus came [to his people] with all evidence of the truth, he said: “I have now come unto you with wisdom, and to make clear unto you some of that on which you are at variance: hence, be conscious of God, and pay heed unto me.”

Az-Zukhruf (The Gold Adornments) – 43:63

But did he actually do and say?

The first thing he did was to call a small group of men to follow him. Think of them as his students. They came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were fishermen. At least one was a civil servant. Some were married – some weren’t. And Jesus gave instruction to these men about Allah.

But Jesus also taught the general public.

When Jesus saw the crowds … he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew Chapter 5

Jesus healed many people who were ill. He also fed the hungry.

On one famous occasion he drove cheating money-changers out of the temple in Jerusalem. (Wouldn’t we all like to clear out the cheating bankers?)

Jesus never called himself the Son of God. Instead he preferred to describe himself as the Son of Man. Nevertheless, when he prayed (which was frequent) he always addressed Allah as Father and taught his students to do the same. He said:

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….'”

Obviously, every one of the men who followed him already had a father. Jesus, however, wanted them to see Allah as their Father in heaven. A good father is loving, kind, cares for his children, protects them and provides for their needs. And Jesus, it seems, understood that Allah is just like that with us – and very much more!

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