Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Impression Jesus Created on Jewish Mind: Disciples’ Monstrous Interpretation

It was simply impossible for the disciples of Jesus to deny these heart-rending and humiliating events which had been wit­nessed and beheld by all the people. They were, however, stricken with gnawing grief and great distress, and they looked as if death had come upon them. These hard and harrowing facts, which had actually taken place before their eyes, could not be denied by them, but they hit upon and devised a plan of making these dreadful events the basis of their belief. They said that there is of course no gainsaying the fact that, according to the law of Moses, one who is killed upon the cross becomes accursed of God, and is reckoned among the sinners, and cast into the furnace of hell. They accepted all this but held that it was all done for the sake of their deliverance. In their view it was a Providential plan, in pursuance whereof Jesus, bearing the burden of the sins of humanity, bore a curse on himself, and was cast into hell.