Did Jesus Escape Crucifixion?

Q: Was Jesus Crucified, since the Qur’an specifically mentions that HE was raised to God?
A:There are a few verses from Qur’an, which comes in mind:
Surah Imran 3:54-55 says, “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers. 
(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ.”
Surah Al-Nesa 4:157-158 says, “And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger - they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise.”
Surah Ma’edah 5:117 says, "Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, 'worship God, my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things.”
The qur’an presents one picture, but when we look at history we get a very different picture. The reliability depends a lot on how close the witness and the record are to the event. The dates are very important. For example, if someone robs a bank, and I stand as the witness after 20 years, obviously the authorities will ask me why wasn’t I available all these years? During the time of Jesus, there were historians who believed in Jesus and wrote about him. Even the verses I listed from the Qur’an point toward Jews who admit that they killed Jesus. This was a confirmed historical event for them.  In addition, the book of Romans talks about history as confirmed by the historians.