Did Isa (His peace be upon us) say, “I Am Allah; Worship Me”?
Some try to attack the teaching of the Bible by acknowledging the divinity of Christ, and they usually ask the following question: “Where did Isa (His peace be upon us) say: I am Allah, worship me?”
And they say that since these words are not found in the Bible, this is evidence of the non-divinity of Christ. But we can ask the question in another way: Where did Jesus say that I am only a prophet, that you do not worship me? No one can answer this question either.
The real question is: Where and how did Isa (His peace be upon us) say He was Allah? Let’s look at some of the statements made by Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us) that answer this question.
1- I am the First and I am the Last
Allah says in the Tawrat: “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God’.” (Al-Tawrat, Isaiah 44:6)
The Qur’an says: Allah “He is the First and the Last, the Most High and Most Near, and He has knowledge of all things.” (Q. Al-Hadid 57:3)
Isa (His peace be upon us) says in the Injil: “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Al-Injil, Revelation 1: 17-18)
2- Forgives Sin
Allah says in the Zabour: “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.” (Psalm 51:4)
The Qur’an says: “Those who, upon committing an evil deed or wronging themselves, remember Allah and seek forgiveness and do not knowingly persist in sin—and who forgives sins except Allah?” (Q. Al-Imran 3:135)
Isa (His peace be upon us) says in the Injil: “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’ And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, ‘Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins’—He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’ Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’” (Al-Injil, Mark 2:5-12)
3- Just Judge
Allah says in the Tawrat: Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord. ‘Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great.” (Al-Tawrat, Joel 3:11-13)
The Qur’an says: “All authority on that Day is for Allah. He will judge between them. So those who believe and do good will be in the Gardens of Bliss.” (Q. Al-Haj 22:56)
Isa (His peace be upon us) says in the Injil: “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Al-Injil, Matthew 25: 31-32)
4- The Truth
Allah says in the Zabour: “Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” (Psalm 31:5)
The Qur’an says: “That is because Allah is the Truth, He gives life to the dead, and He is Most Capable of everything.” (Q. Al-Haj 22:6)
Isa (His peace be upon us) says in the Injil: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Al-Injil, John 14:6)
5- Raise the dead
Allah says in the Tawrat: “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.” (Al-Tawrat, 1Samuel 2:6)
The Qur’an says: “And certainly the Hour is coming, there is no doubt about it. And Allah will surely resurrect those in the graves.” (Q. Al-Haj 22:7)
Isa (His peace be upon us) says in the Injil: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (Al-Injil, John 11:25)
Allah says in the Tawrat: “I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.” (Al-Tawrat, Isaiah 42:8)
The Qur’an says: “Whatever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah, for He is the Almighty, All-Wise.” (Q. Al-Hadid 57:1)
Isa (His peace be upon us) says in the Injil: “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (Al-Injil, John 17:5)
Our Master Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us) said, “I am the first and the last.” He also forgave sins, He will judge the world at the end of time, He is the truth. He will raise the dead on the Day of Resurrection, and the Father will glorify Him with the glory that He has from eternity. These are not the claims of a man or a prophet, but statements and sayings that only Allah alone can say, He is Allah incarnate.