Ramadan 2009 / 1430: August 22 - September 20
Jesus, the Word of God and the Messiah
Saturday, 12 September
"Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
In the Quran Jesus Christ is clearly referred to as the Word of God and as a Word from God (in Arabic: Kalilmat Allah). While some Muslims know that Jesus is referred to as the Word of God in the Qur’an, the vast majority do not know what it means and even fewer realize that the same title is given to Jesus in the Bible. Some believers have used the “Word of God” texts in the Qur’an as a starting point for proclaiming the Good News of the Messiah to Muslims.
The Qur’an speaks of Jesus as the Messiah (see 3:45 and 4:169 on site as well as 4.157 and 4.171). Here again the vast majority of Muslims have no idea what it means for Jesus to be the Messiah, because, in the words of one author, “the meaning of the title is almost completely glossed over in Islam.” The word “Messiah” is the same as the word Christ in Greek. It refers to the one who is anointed as king.
- Pray that Muslims all over the world would be inclined to ask questions and try to understand Jesus’ titles: "the Word of God and the Messiah."Meditate on the following texts and use them in prayer:
- John 1:1-4,14 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
- Matthew 16:13-17 "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
- Ask the children to gather all the Bibles together, pile them up and then pray that Muslims would get to know the Living Word.