Jesus, the Suffering Servant Messiah

Paul Williams, a British Muslim (who claims to be a former Evangelical Christian) responded to a Tweet by John Piper, quoting Acts 3:26.

The verse you quoted, Acts 3:26, see the full context of Acts 3:12-26 and 4:1-2 – “proclaiming Jesus the resurrection from the dead” – Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. Acts 3:13 (His servant Jesus), Acts 3:15 ( ” putting to death the Prince of Life the one who God [ the Father ] raised from the dead”. “Prince of Life” is an allusion to “Messiah the Prince” in Daniel 9:24-27.

Yes, Jesus is the Servant of Yahweh of Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12. Jesus proved this in Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28 and Mark 14:24 and Luke 22:19-20. He came to give His life as a ransom for many from all nations and to shed His blood as an atonement for sin.

And Peter quotes Genesis 22:18 in Acts 3:25, the very verse right before verse 26, the one you are quoting in your tweet. Shows fulfillment of all of Genesis 22 – the sacrifice of Abraham’s son and the substitution of the ram pointed to the Messiah Jesus, and God the Father’s willingness to give His only unique Son – beloved Son. (and confirmed by the Qur’an in Surah 37:107 – see full article here.)

All the context (Acts 3:12-26) points to Jesus fulfilling the prophesies of the OT as the Messiah, the suffering servant who come and be the atonement for sins and be raised from the dead.

The whole context proves Islam is wrong in Surah 4:157, since Jesus as the suffering servant Messiah is all about His substitutionary atonement for sin on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, meaning He really died.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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6 Responses to Jesus, the Suffering Servant Messiah

  1. Paul Williams “who claims to be a former Evangelical Christian”

    Ken put aside your narrow Calvinist theology and permit me to define my own faith commitments (past and present) without snide comments from you.

    • Ken Temple says:

      But you have never explained how you could have been a true Christian, born again by the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-16; John 7:37-39), when according to Islam, there is no such thing as a Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity.

  2. Ken Temple says:

    . . . crickets . . .

    37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

    John 7:37-39

  3. Ken Temple says:

    You had an emotional and religious experience, but you were not born again by the Holy Spirit of God, the 3rd person of the Trinity.

    You cannot claim Arminian theology either, (that you truly were born again by the 3rd person of the Trinity, and then lost the Holy Spirit), because according to Islam, there is no such thing as a Holy Spirit. (except for an Islamic understanding that to mean angels (clean spirits), but you would not claim to be inhabited by an angel in your heart, etc.)

  4. Sam Shamoun says:

    Here is another rebuttal to Paul Williams, one where I end up proving from the very NT verse he butchered that Muhammad is the Lord Jesus’ slave and property. Enjoy! https://answeringislamblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/muhammad-the-slave-and-property-of-the-lord-jesus-christ/

  5. Sam Shamoun says:

    Here is an older article I wrote regarding Jesus’ prehuman existence in Luke: http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/luke_preexistence.htm

    Tell me what you think.

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