10 Great Quotes from Jesus of Nazareth

Here you will find 10 sayings of Jesus that I have collected together. Finding quotable passages from Jesus was not that easy, as most of what is recorded of what he said (in the gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are either metaphorical stories, or Jesus responding to particular questions that had been put to him. Neither work very well when taken out of context.

Of the more direct teachings of Jesus, most of them are contained in what is known as the sermon on the mount, which is a veritable goldmine of counter-cultural wisdom.

1. Love Your Enemies!

OK, you have to admit this is a pretty radical concept...

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? (Matthew 5:43-47 )

2. Don't Worry About The Future

Sometimes insightful sayings seem obvious once you hear them - I think that is the case here. Live in the moment you're in!

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:34)

3. How To Treat Others

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

4. The Most Important Commandment

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

5. Spiritual Greatness

In the topsy-turvy world of the Kingdom of God it seems the usual understanding of things is reversed. Here is yet another example:

“You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)

6. Gaining The World, Losing Your Soul

Here Jesus highlights that the eternal and spiritual dimension is more important than the temporal physical one. Those who choose to follow His teaching will make physical sacrifices for spiritual rewards.

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)

7. The Kingdom Of God Is Not Physical

Christian faith should not be militant, things like the crusades were not in line with what Jesus taught, or even the concept of christendom. He also taught that the Kingdom of God was in the hearts of men.

The statement below was said in response to questioning in his trial before the roman govenor.

“My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)

8. God Loves Everyone

This very well known passage is actually a quote from Jesus.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

9. Ask, Seek, Knock

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)

10. His Claim To Be God

While it seems Jesus didn't make a point of telling everyone that he was God, he did make it clear on a few recorded occasions. This quote is taken from Jesus' court trial, from which the resulting conviction of 'blasphemy' led to his crucifixion.

I include this quote, not because it's a great teaching, but because it affects how one perceives his teaching. It's hard to think of Jesus as [just] a good moral teacher when you know that he thought himself to be God. Either he is a weirdo, or he is God!

Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63-64)


The Genius of Jesus - compelling and insightful talk by Dallas Willard.


Bible passages are quoted from the New Living Translation copyright 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust

The image below is a portion of a 6th century icon of Jesus at St. Katherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai. I got it from here on Wikipedia.

Comments

My friends, I stumbled upon this page and got occupied in your discussions. I just thought I would share my thoughts. As for Jesus' ethnicity: it doesn't matter. It was only a body. I'd think the question of what he looked like would be long gone since its entirely insignificant. As for debating over what was said by Jesus . The Holy Spirit told the people what to write, as far as my understanding goes. I dare not try to decide what is true and what is not when it comes to things so much more significant than I so these things I say are merely what I believe at the moment and I am not sure enough of myself to declare them true or not.

God knows what is going to happen and how it will happen from end to beginning. Not one hair on your head will go uncounted. The Bible was translated exactly the way it was meant to be translated, and it's in all the versions it was meant to be in. All the people are studying and questioning it whom are meant to.

I meant to go in a different direction with this but I caught myself in my own idea. I was going to say don't question the Bible because it was meant to be translated that way, but then those who question it were meant to question it and study its history. I suppose its safe to say that God reveals/exposes us to what he wanted us to see. It was meant for us and only us. That in itself shows His love, that all of our lives are so unique yet similar.

I must say though that I fear God immensely because He is powerful. He is slow to anger, but fear His wrath.

I find that through Jesus I have become a stronger.

I have come to believe that jesus's teachings were much greater than i initialy thought. In saying this i must say that I believe the triditional interpretations on most of what he said was off, by far. But not in a bad way, his words hold much more meaning to me now. If you want to know what I meen, read the book The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It's quite amazing. I may actually read the new testement now that I see things more clearly.

I know what you mean. For me, the power of now and jesus's teaching's are so in tune with each other. And these quotes are fantastic! They really get to the essence of what he was talking about. I love it! Thank you! What a great idea!

Yes... I do 100% agree with you...
Jesus is Son of God..

I wanted to write a lot but wasn't confident with my English...

Greetings to you all from christian in Indonesia..

May peace be with us always....

Thank you for that. It was wonderful to read. But that painting of Jesus is just creepy.

Good to read all these great stuff. I dont like debating on Jesus' looks because I want to be focused on His teachings so that one day I will actually see Him and what He looks like when he comes to make us His children for all eternity

I agree!i also feel that God never intended us to know how He looks like or anything....our focus shouldn't shift to the appearance of Jesus..that would be like worshipping flesh,wouldnt it?

I could spend all day/life meditating on these ;)

He is in us We are in him. All is one!

So when you hate someone you hate a part of your self therefore "love your neighbor as you would love yourself"
and so one.... its in every thing and every where to read and find.

Look for it and you will find it!

He Jesus was fully conscious of it, and tried to teach this to us.

Einstein knew a big part of it to i think why? he made de A-bom possible E=mc2 but there is also a message in it. all is energy! matter is only a very dense form of it!

I just have a simple question for the author, or whomever wishes to address it.

In the last point, how does it follow that, since Jesus seems to acknowledge and accept His status as Christ, He is claiming to be God? Nowhere in this passage does He directly claim to be "God", and He even refers to God in the third person, and to himself as the "Son of Man". So my question is how does it follow that Jesus is claiming to be God? I could see how he is accepting and even claiming He is the Messiah, and certainly the Son of Man, but I do not see how it follows that He is claiming to be God.

I am not challenging the divinity of Jesus. I am not asserting that He is not God. I am simply asserting that Jesus himself does not directly claim to be God in this passage.

Beautiful!

If life was a fairy tale, come happily ever after
in the words spoken in Spirit by the only begotten of the Father
every knee shall bow every tongue confess to the Master
while we are so wrapped up in the world i call disaster
its a peaceful thought to know we have a shepherd who loves His sheep,
So may you aply what you have heard here b'cos talk is very cheap
and if u hear and do not do, its like a house upon the sand
the wind it beats upon it and great is the fall understand?
But he who hears and does is like a man that dug very deep
the foundation he lay upon the rock and the wind vehemently beat
but it was not shaken at all for the house was built upon the rock
and that Rock is Jesus Christ who is the only hope we've got
truth was like a noose to me in my youth i thought id hang
but when i was in jail the Love of Jesus pulled out of da gangs
bought me in off the street, healed my heart and made me whole
John 3:16 is the scripture that speaks volumes of love into the soul. So do not worry as it says, for tomorrow worrys about itself, he who wants to be greatest let him become the least and help, when you need rest look unto Jesus, for there is nobody else, who loves you enough to die for you and sacrifice themself. Thank u Jesus Christ

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