Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels
by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din
Jesus, a Human Being and an Apostle of God: Jesus, a Near One of God
The above verse is quite enlightening. Here Jesus describes himself as the near one of God whose prayer is answered by Him invariably, and Jesus offers his thanks to the Most High God, that his prayer and supplication may create an effect on the minds of those around him, and they may be persuaded to believe that he is a Divine messenger.
“Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me” (John, 12:44).
The sole fact of his being sent by God as an apostle, as expounded in this verse, was that people might repose their faith in the Most High God. Said Jesus:
“I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting” (John, 12:49–50).
Jesus has lucidly proclaimed, in this verse, that he had been sent by the Most High God or, in other words, he was an apostle of God, and that whatever he spoke, he spoke under Divine Commandment, and that it was not his own word which he spoke, but the Word of God which infuses life eternal; just as he had said according to Matthew (4:4) that:
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. God’s Word is that beneficial heavenly water which enlivens the soil of human heart.”
Jesus also said:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me” (John, 13:20).
This text draws, as it were, a boundary line between the assignment of a prophet and the domain of God Almighty.