The issue of the crucifixion and death of Jesus (Isa) is important to Muslims as they believe that Jesus will return before the end of time. Muslims believe Jesus was not crucified, but was raised bodily to heaven by God, a belief purported to be found in the Gospel of Basilides, of which, if it existed, no copies survived.
Depending on the interpretation of the following verse, Muslim scholars have abstracted different opinions. Some believe that in the Biblical account, Jesus’s crucifixion did not last long enough for him to die, while others opine that God gave someone Jesus’s appearance, causing everyone to believe that Jesus was crucified (majority view). A third explanation could be that Jesus was nailed to a cross, but as his body is immortal he did not “die” or was not “crucified” [to death]; it only appeared so. In opposition to the second and third foregoing proposals, yet others maintain that God does not use deceit and therefore they contend that crucifixion just did not occur. The basis of all of these beliefs is the following verse in the Qur’an:
That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger ofAllah“;- 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;-
Thus Muhammad notes the common element in both believers and doubters that, in either case, Jesus survived because of God’s love. This overlooks the, now known, total eclipse of year 29 over Israel attested to in first hand accounts and the subsequent earthquake. But is intended to remind the message of a loving God. And applies the premise that we do not know first hand but only by external reasoning of the accounts given.
The crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. Everything a Christian believes in and hopes for revolves around Jesus’ death on the cross for unworthy sinners. The resurrection is the divine vindication of the fact that Jesus did not die for any crime he had committed, but died in place of sinners needing redemption and justification before an infinitely holy and just God. If it can be proven that Jesus did not die and rise from the dead, then Christianity is nothing more than a great lie which has deceived literally billions throughout the ages. The Christian is left without hope, having no assurance of justification, and remains in his sins.
Maundy Thursday marks the day Jesus Christ sat down with his disciples and ate a Passover meal, popularly known as the Last Supper.
The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, which means mandate or command.
The Holy Thursday is observed a day before Good Friday, when during the Last Supper Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciple and said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Maundy Thursday is the first day of the Easter Tridiuum, which includes Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
Maundy Thursday is part of the Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday. This year, Maundy Thursday falls on 2 April.
What is Passover?
The period before Good Friday is also refered to as the passover. It marks the hours after the last supper, Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas and eventually crucified by the Romans on Good Friday.
How does one celebrate Maundy Thursday?
The Holy Thursday is observed as a solemn affair, wherein most Christian churches of various denominations hold special services. To mark the Maundy Thursday, most Churches incorporate the Eucharist, or communion.
In many churches, the priests or pastors will wash the feet of the parishioners, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.
Though there is no order ascribed in the Bible to observe Maundy Thursday, the washing of the feet is the most common tradition observed in most churches.