Did Jesus really die on a cross?

According to the Quran, Jesus did not die on the Cross. What is true?

The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were written about 550 years before the time of Muhammad and contain the testimony of people who were followers of Jesus Christ. They lived close to Jesus for a number of years. Some of these students were personally present at His crucifixion.

If you read the reports (the gospels, injil) of these followers of Jesus Christ without any prejudice, then it will be clear to you that that Jesus himself died on the cross, after that He was dead in a grave for 3 days and then rose from the dead.

In the time of Muhammad, the Bible was only just translated into Arabic and it is very likely that Muhammad did not own a Bible. Instead, he heard stories about Jesus and the prophets, derived from mythical writings; and these writings were influenced by the theological prejudices of non-christian people.

For example, some people believed that Jesus was not really a human being, but a kind of spirit that could not suffer pain and death. Long before the time of Muhammad, this “prejudice” gave rise to the legend that it was someone else who looked like Jesus who had been crucified. But the story has no historical basis.

In order to convince yourself of the historical correctness of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, all you have to do is study the text of the gospels (injil), presenting a detailed eyewitness report of what has happened.

Can God Die?

If you are willing to believe that Jesus died on the cross and if you believe that Jesus is also part of God, then a very logical question is: How can God die?

A very good question, because it is not possible that God can die? Who should control the universe in the meantime?

The answer lies in the nature of God. The bible mentions the 3 persons who are part of God. You can read more about this “3-unit” here.

God is one, but also has 3 different manifestations. That is quite difficult to understand because we as humans have no spiritual form that is not limited by our body. Unlike us humans, God is everywhere.

However, part of God became man as Jesus Christ, or as it is described in the Gospel of John:

The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son. 1

Jesus lived as a human, with one difference: He lived without doing sins. Even though he has experienced the temptations of man. The man Jesus died for us on the cross, and let His Spirit go…

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died.

So it is not that God the Father also died, only the human form of Jesus died. He made a sacrifice for us humans because we are unable to make up for our sins and rebellion against God.

To prove that Jesus was more than just a human, he rose again after 3 days of death. This made a lot of prophecy predictions come true.

and [Jesus] said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later 2

  1. John 1:14
  2. Luke 24:46