This witnessing encounter changed the way I use apologetics. Seriously, it was like a light went off. In the video, notice how our brother in Christ not only defends the faith, but shares the faith with grace and truth.
An excellent method to show Muslims the real Jesus is by using O.T. prophecies. Muslims highly revere the prophets of God, so the Old Testament is an excellent way to prove to them Jesus is the divine Savior of the world.
Here, our brother used Isaiah 53 in order to refute the Koran which states Jesus never died on the cross (Surah 4:156-159). This puts Islam in a dilemma. If the prophet Isaiah 7oo years before Christ predicted Jesus would die for the sins of the world, and the Koran (written nearly 600 A.D.) states He did not, wouldn’t Christians be justified in believing the Old Testament? After all, they are the ones following the early consistent testimony of God’s prophets. Furthermore, Jesus Himself predicted His own death and Resurrection in Luke 9:22.
It comes down to this, Islam has an incorrect view of who the Messiah is. The Koran states in numerous verses Jesus is the Messiah (Surah 5:75,etc.), yet denies His divinity, death on the cross, and Resurrection. All of which the Old Testament predicts would be characteristic of the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6, 53:1-12, Psalm 16:10)!
Lastly, our brother did an excellent job of answering the question of why Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” on the cross. He first explained that Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 and then went on to show that this Psalm further proves how the Messiah would be the crucified Savior. Jesus quoted this Psalm as a sign that God would deliver Him, thus proving He truly is Lord and Savior (2 Pet. 3:18).
In summary, our apologetic encounters must be Gospel and Christ centered. We want to lead others to Jesus, not argue over issues which have no eternal merit. Although we may have to break down walls and answer accusations, our focus should be to proclaim and defend the Gospel which is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16).