The Truth About The Crucifixion
When looking at other religious perspectives, it is quite clear to see that the stories vary massively to the point where people ask me what Ahmadi Muslims believe just to see whether ours is as different. So here is a blogpost looking at the crucifixion of Jesus (peace be upon him) from the Ahmadiyya perspective. Usually when our perspective is shared with people, they agree and mention it sounds the most realistic.
I will explain the Ahmadiyya perspective using biblical references only in this blogpost. We believe that Jesus did not die on the cross, instead God saved him and he then continued his message to the ‘other sheep’ [John 10:16] and travelled far and wide in search of the ‘lost tribes of Israel’, eventually dying at the age of 120 years approx. and being buried in Kashmir (his grave is still there).
Jesus (peace be upon him) was only on the cross for three to six hours and then taken off. This was because Pilate, having sympathy for Jesus, secretly devised to save him by setting his Crucifixion shortly before Sabbath day. Crucifixion is in fact a very slow, painful death that usually takes 3 days not 3 hours. While he was on the cross his legs were left intact, and not broken as was the normal procedure. This would have prevented death by respiratory distress. In [John 19:33-35] it states ‘But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was dead, they did not break his legs. But one soldier thrust a lance into His side, and immediately blood and water came gushing out.’ As blood and water were reported to have ‘gushed’ from the spear wound, this was a sign of the beating heart. Also the Gospel of John records that Nicodemus brought myrrh and aloes [John 19:39]. These healing plants, particularly aloe plants, are considered medicinal and applied to wounds. After he had awoken from his swoon (resurrection), Jesus bared his wounds to Thomas [John 20:25-27], showing he did not have a supernatural, resurrected body, but a patient’s body. He was also seen in the flesh by a large number of his followers, baring the same wounds that he had suffered from his ordeal on the Cross. [Luke 24:38-39]. After his wounds had sufficiently healed Jesus left the tomb and met some of his disciples and had his food with them and walked on foot from Jerusalem to Galilee [Luke 24:50]. Being a divine prophet, Jesus could not have died on a cross because according to the Bible “He that is hanged is accursed by God.” [Deut 21:23] After surviving crucifixion, Jesus fled to Galilee. Jesus (along with several disciples) later left Palestine to further preach the Gospel to the Lost Tribes of Israel [John 10:16] – that had scattered as far as Afghanistan and northern India. He eventually settled in Kashmir where he was given the name Yuz Asaf (meaning “Leader of the Healed”/”Son of Joseph”).
This is the Ahmadiyya point of view of the timeline of Jesus’s crucifixion from biblical references.