Today, 02:49 AM
Hi Muwahid. There are many instances in the Old Testament where the coming of God as the Messiah is alluded to. Jesus fulfilled scores of prophecies. Indeed, statistically speaking, the evidence is overwhelming.
We Christians believe Christ is one with God because of His sinless life, His many miracles, and most of all, because He said so. Had He called Himself just a Prophet, that is what we Christians would believe. Had He called Himself just a Teacher, that is what we would believe. But the confession that God took upon our nature in order to save our race has ALWAYS been the cry and confessions of the Christians. Why? Because that is the Gospel Christ came to preach to the world, and those who have ears will listen.
Had He not risen from the dead, history would have forgotten about Him long long ago. But because He did rise from the dead, (since death could not hold the very Life-Giving Word of God), because His disciples did see Him ascend into Heaven in glory as King and Judge, because He truly did keep His promise to send down the Holy Spirit of God, these disciples freely gave their lives confessing this fact. So too today, innumerable are the Christians who do the same, even while under intense persecution and discrimination, because it is the same Holy Spirit who strengthens them and sanctifies them.
What Islam emphasizes is what it emphasizes, but it does not supplant what God has revealed through the mystery of the Incarnation. For God willed that through the Incarnation, He might take upon Himself our nature, out of divine and immeasurable love, so that He might lift us up as sons and daughters by grace. This is the great paradox which has shaken the world, that God would die for us, so that we might live. This is the God Whom the Christians worship - the God of love and revelation.
Only in the Crucifixion, does our fallen nature find redemption. Only in the Resurrection, do we find life after death. Only in the Ascension, do we find salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.