To the Editor:
Prophet Jesus claimed, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel,” (Matt. 15:24).
As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a sect of Islam, I believe that he was saved from the cross and continued on his journey and fulfilled his mission given to him by God.
Some theologians argue that he did actually save the people of Israel by bringing God’s message to the people of Jerusalem. However, John explains that Jesus clarifies his exact mission. “I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice,” (John 10:15-16).
The sheep who are “not of this fold” means “not of this land.” He still needed to finish his divine duty by reaching others. The founder of my religion, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, in his book, “Jesus in India,” had written that Jesus actually survived the crucifixion and fled from the land. He eventually settled in Kashmir, where we believe he is buried.
Why would God send Jesus to the people on earth just to fail? If he had died on the cross, then his heavenly mission could not have been completed.
By accepting that Jesus lived on to fulfill his divine mission, Christians would come closer to the real Jesus and clear the cloud of myths surrounding his life. Such a belief would help Christians and Muslims alike to become closer to the one true God.