Jesus became a sacrifice for the sins of the world by dying on a cross. Muslims do not believe that a sacrifice can help them reach Paradise. They believe in a works-based salvation. The Qur'an says in surah 23:101-2, "Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy, they will attain salvation: but those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide." However, what kind of Paradise would this be if it was full of unchanged and unforgiven sinners?
If a murderer was taken into court and acquitted without reason, the judge would be unjust. There must be a judgment for all sin. If sins against God go unpunished, then God's character becomes flawed. A pure and holy God cannot be near sin, but if one goes to heaven based on works, He is not being forgiven for the sins He has already committed. Yet God cannot allow a sinful being in His presence. Do you see how this is an impossible situation? There must be a sacrifice to take the punishment for sin in order for the sinner to be forgiven.
Just as sin came into the earth through one man, God also made a way for eternal life to be gained through one man's death on a cross. Jesus Christ lived on earth without sinning. He was both a human being and God, and He brought moral perfection into the picture, allowing Himself to become a sacrifice for the world's sins.
As the Son of God and as the sacrifice for the world's sins, only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sin and grant assurance of salvation. He has offered the gift of eternal life to the world, to anyone who believes in Him, according to Acts 16:31.
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