Jesus not cursed? - Deuteronomy 21:22-23
Islam maintains Jesus was not crucified or cursed. Is this true? (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God's curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.Deuteronomy states that anyone put to death by hanging/crucifixion is cursed by God. Islam asserts that Jesus could not be cursed by God and that he did not die by crucifixion.
Qur'an 4:157 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the apostle of Allah"; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety, they killed him not.
However, the Bible is clear in saying Jesus was crucified at Calvary.
Matthew 27:35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
And Paul maintains:
1 Corinthians 1:23 ...but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.Additionally, the Bible is clear that Jesus was cursed as an essential part of the atonement.
Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole."So, the idea that Jesus could not be cursed by God is merely an assumption by Islam - not proven in the Bible! Jesus was made to be a curse for his people. In reality, the curse was a significant reason why Jesus had to die!
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Dr. Joseph R. Nally, D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (IIIM).