The Messiah In The Gospel Of Barnabas

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The Messiah In The Gospel Of Barnabas

Source: The Gospel Of Barnabas pps 103-6
Muslim Educational Trust [Book Market, Main Bazar, Lhr]

When the prayer was ended, the priest said with a loud voice:
“Stay, Jesus, for we need to know who thou art, for the quieting of our nation.”
Jesus answered:
“I am Jesus, son of Mary, of the seed of David, a man that is mortal and feareth God, and I seek that to God be given honour and glory.’
The priest answered:
‘In the book of Moses it is written that our God must send us the Messiah, who shall come to announce to us that which God willeth, and shall bring to the world the mercy of God. Therefore I pray thee tell us the truth, art though the Messiah of God whom we expect?’
Jesus answered:
‘It is true that God hath so promised, but indeed I am not he, for he is made before me, and shall come after me.’
The priest answered:
‘By thy words and signs at any rate we believe thee to be a prophet and an holy one of God, wherefore I pray thee in the name of all Judaea and Israel that thou for love of God shouldst tell us in what wise the Messiah will come.’
Jesus answered:
‘As God liveth, in whose presence my soul standeth, I am not the Messiah whom all the tribes of the earth expect, even as God promised to our father Abraham, saying: “In thy seed will I bless all the tribes of the earth.” But when God shall take me away from the world, Satan will raise again this accursed sedition, by making the impious believe that I am God and son of God, whence my words and my doctrine shall be contaminated, insomuch that scarcely shall there remain thirty faithful ones; whereupon God will have mercy upon the world, and will send his messenger for whom he hath made all things; who shall come from the south with power, and shall destroy the idols with the idolaters, who shall take away the dominion from Satan which he hath over men. He shall bring with him the mercy of God for salvation of them that shall believe in him, and blessed is he who shall believe his words. ‘Unworthy though I am to untie his hosen, I have received grace and mercy from God to see him.’
Then answered the priest, with the governor and the king, saying:
‘Distress not thyself, O Jesus, holy one of God, because in our time shall not this sedition be any more seeing that we will write to the sacred Roman senate in such wise that by imperial decree none shall any more call thee God or son of God.’
Then said Jesus;
‘With your words I am not consoled, because where ye hope for light, darkness shall come; but my consolation is in the coming of the messenger, who shall destroy every false opinion of me, and his faith shall spread and shall take hold of the whole world, for so hath God promised to Abraham our father. And that which giveth me consolation is that his faith shall have no end, but shall be kept inviolate by God.’
The priest answered:
‘After the coming of the messenger of God shall other prophets come?’
Jesus answered:
‘There shall not come after him true prophets sent by God but there shall come a great number of false prophets, whereat I sorrow. For Satan shall raise them up by the just judgement of God, and they shall hide themselves under the pretext of my gospel.
Herod answered:
‘How is it a just judgement of God that such impious men should come?’
Jesus answered:
‘It is just that he who will not believe in the truth to his salvation should believe in a lie to his damnation. Wherefore I say unto you, that the world hath ever despised the true prophets and loved the false, as can be seen in the time of Michaiah and Jeremiah. For every like loveth his like.’
Then said the priest:
‘How shall the Messiah be called, and what sign shall reveal his coming?’
Jesus answered:
‘The name of Messiah is admirable, for God himself gave him the name when he had created his soul, and placed it in a celestial splendour. God said: “Wait Mohammed; for thy sake I will to create paradise, the world, and a great multitude of creatures, whereof I make thee a present, insomuch that whoso shall bless thee shall be blessed, and whoso shall curse thee shall be accursed. When I shall send thee into the world I shall send thee as my messenger of salvation, and thy word shall be true, insomuch that heaven and earth shall fail, but thy faith shall never fail.” Mohammed is his blessed name.’
Then the crowd lifted up their voices, saying:
‘O God, send us thy messenger: O Mohammed, come quickly for the salvation of the world!’