Muslim Apologetics Free Course, Lesson 008
THE THREE DAYS OF JESUS IN THE TOMB
Jesus stayed in the grave three days. Deedat (no year 116) says, Jesus slept in the tomb for one day two nights. He denies Jesus to have been in the grave for three days. Deedat uses the Roman time to calculate the biblical time than the Hebrew time used in the time of Jesus by the Jewish authors. Jesus entered into the grave on Friday (Luke 23:54), before the sunset which was the first day. After the setting of the sun on Friday, the second day had started which ended on the sun set of Saturday. After sunset on Saturday, Jesus had entered the third day. This is convenient with the Jewish counting of the day. The Good News Version has simplified this dilemma to people who are not conversant with Jewish counting of the day (Luke 24:1), time and years.
That Jesus will stay in the tomb for three days and three nights is foreign to the Bible. The Bible says Jesus said He will be in the grave for three days. It does not give the exact number of hours to be in the grave. This is the very reason that Deedat does not quote Christian authors who said Jesus will stay in the grave three days three nights. He does not even quote the scripture (Deedat p.116).
JESUS WAS SENT ONLY TO THE JEWS AND NOT GENTILES
In a debate recorded in a video, Deedat versus Swaggart , Deedat used Matthew 10: 5-6 in which he queried that Jesus only came for the Israelites and not Gentiles. The passage seems to suggest the Gentiles are excluded from being Christians or partakers of the salvation. I will quote three versions to bring clarity to the passage. The passage reads, “Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: stay away from the Gentiles and don’t go to any Samaritan town. Go only to the people of Israel because they are like a flock of the lost sheep” (Contemporary English Version).
“These were the twelve whom Jesus sent out, charging them with the words, “Don’t turn off into the road that reads to the gentiles, and don’t ever enter a town of the Samaritans. Go, instead, to the lost sheep of Israel” (International Standard Version).
“These twelve men were sent out by Jesus with the following instructions: Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. Instead, you are to go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel” (Good News Bible).
Swaggart belongs to Gentiles. This was not an easy question for him to handle as it referred that Jesus did not come for the Gentiles. He came only for the Israelites. It was unproper for him to be a Christian. It was proper for him to be a Muslim because it was a religion which included all Gentiles. How can you respond to the call of Deedat in regard to the passage which he used?
The Bible recorded that the disciples of Jesus were sent on the Missionary tour on two occasions. The first one is recorded on Matthew 10; while as the second one, is recorded on Matthew 28. Matthew 10 deals with neighborhood ministry among the Israelites excluding Gentiles. The second one has a composition of Israelites and Gentiles. The first part deals first with Israel then the second segment involves going outside the borders of Palestine to evangelize Gentiles.
Starting with Israelites was a strategy which is also spoken by Paul. Paul and Barnabas also followed the same strategy in the missionary journeys. “Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourself unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to Gentiles” (Acts 13:46 KJV). These words were spoken in the Synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia. Paul when he arrived in various places on the missionary journeys, he first visited the synagogues which were scattered among the Gentiles (Acts 13:5, 14, 43; 14:1;17:1,10,17;18:4,19; 19:8). These synagogues were worship places for the Jews and they had secondary members who were the proselytes and the God fearers. The first ministry of Paul was carried out among the Jews. It was when most the Jews had rejected Paul that he fully turned to the Gentiles.
Lastly, the book of Revelation 7: 4, 9 has two groups of the people who will be saved which are the Israelites first; and then Gentiles, as the second group who will come from all the nations of the world. Swaggart including all the readers of this passage who are believers belong to the second group of the Gentiles.
- How do you respond to the Islamic argument that either Matthew or Luke is false in the genealogy of Jesus?
- Give English meanings of the terms “father” and “son” and relate them how they differ with the Bible meanings.
- Mention and explain the three offices of Jesus
- Define the term kenosis.
- Discuss the sin of shirk.
- Why do you think Muhammad believed Christians worship Mary, the mother of Jesus.
- Who coined the term Trinity?
- How can you respond to Muslim accusations that the Bible was changed or corrupted by the Jews and Christians?
- What reasons can you give to refute the Muslim idea that the Holy Spirit is Muhammad?
- Refute the Muslim idea that Jesus was not crucified.
- Defend the divinity of Jesus by using the OT