Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels
by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din
Jesus Had Been Raised for the Guidance of The Children of Israel
Besides, the sole purpose for which Jesus had been sent was to collect the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel. He set before him no other purpose. Accordingly he declared that he had come to seek the “lost sheep” of Israel and that his mission was confined to the guidance of the children of Israel. Addressing a non-Israelite woman, Jesus announced in plain language:
“… it is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs” (Mark, 7:27–28).
Jesus called the other nations dogs and swine, for he considered the Jews to be the only chosen people of God. St. Matthew supports the fact that Jesus was averse to non-Jews:
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine” (Matthew, 7:6).
And it was with this purpose in view that Jesus gave the following direction to his disciples:
“… Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew, 10:5–6).
In short, these passages make it clear that Jesus had come only for the guidance of the children of Israel, and to recapture and restore unto them their lost kingdom. Jesus never claimed that he had been raised for the guidance of all the nations of the world; he never professed that the entire human race was sinful by nature, and that he had come to bear the burden of their sins by laying down his life on the Cross. His mission was indeed definite.
Jesus was circumcised, and his mother remained for forty days in a state of impurity. These are far from being the perfections of the Divine Being.
“ when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus…. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord; (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord)” (Luke, 2:2123).
Jesus was circumcised in accordance with the law of Moses, just as his forerunner, John the Baptist, was circumcised. His mother took her bath of purification after forty days, according to the Mosaic law, and then, to offer a sacrifice, they went to the synagogue with a pair of young pigeons.
Jesus was born exactly in the human way and his mother remained in a state of impurity for forty days in common with other women of the world, the Jewish rites and rituals on such occasions having been carefully observed. At the time of Jesus’ birth, nothing peculiar took place to suggest that he was an extraordinary child, to say the least of his possessing Divinity. It was later that the people deified him and his mother, notwithstanding the humanly circumstances that attended the act of delivery.