Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Significance of the Term “Son of God”: Human to the Bone of His Back

Jesus, like all other men, ate bread and drank water and wine. It is stated repeatedly in the Gospel: He sat down at meat; he ate a piece of broiled fish; he prayed for bread; he hungered, and came to a fig tree, but found no fig thereon, for it was not the fig season; when he regained consciousness after having been taken down from the Cross, he disguised himself for fear of recapture; he felt hungry, and asked for food, saying: “Have ye here any meat?” When his disciples were affrighted and thought that they had seen a spirit, Jesus said unto them: “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke, 24:39). At the time of his arrest, as well as at the time of his crucifixion, Jesus was in a state of great agony and distress. It is exactly the picture of an afflicted human being. When produced before Justice Pilate, he could not utter a single word, being overwhelmed with fear. Such shortcomings are only human, and it was on account of these shortcomings on the part of Jesus that the faith of his dis­ciples faded and failed; some betrayed him into the hands of the enemy, some denied and denounced him, and all of them, in the hour of trial, forsook him and fled (Matthew, 26:56; Mark, 14:50). Even after crucifixion, the disciples entertained doubts about him, and Jesus reprimanded them as people of little faith. His own mother believed not him (Luke, 8:21); and his kith and kin, too, called him mad, and refused to accept his claim (Mark, 3:21). In a word, the Gospels present Jesus as a mortal, Who has raised as a prophet for the good of the children of Israel.