More Quotes about Jesus

More Quotes about Jesus

On this Saturday before Easter, I thought I would post some quotes I’ve read about Jesus. They go well with the video I posted yesterday.

Here are seven quotes about Jesus that I have found useful or thought-provoking in the past.

  • “The Jews tried to keep Christ contained within their law, while the Greeks sought to turn Him into a philosophy; the Romans made of Him an empire; the Europeans reduced Him to a culture, and we Americans have made a business of Him.” – Unknown
  • “Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • “Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.” – Philip Schaff
  • “I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” –H.G. Wells
  • “As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.” –Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette
  • “Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence of Christ’s 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity.” –Unknown
  • “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” -C.S. Lewis

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Thoughts about the Cross

Thoughts about the Cross

It’s Good Friday, the day when we remember Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Here are some of my thoughts on what the cross means to me.

Demonstration of ultimate sacrifice: (Philippians 2:1-8) If the King of Heaven and Earth could sacrifice that much, I ought to be able to sacrifice myself for the lives of others. I ought to pour myself out in service to others as Christ did for me. What must I do to sacrifice for others?

Expression of incomparable love: (John 15:13) Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. God loved me enough to send Jesus to die for me; I ought to be able to love others even if I don’t agree with them, and even when they hate me. What can I do to express love for others in every moment?

Complete forgiveness of sins: (Matthew 6:12, 14; Luke 23:34) Jesus forgives completely. It’s not a partial forgiveness, and I must forgive others. In my life, what must I do to forgive others? How can I forgive others?

Undeserved gift – keeps me humble (Galatians 6:14) – I cannot boast about anything because I have done nothing to deserve what God has given me. I have failed in every attempt to please God. It is only because of His love and the cross that I can do anything. What must I do look beyond what others “deserve” to be more like Jesus?

Example of total surrender: (John 3:16) “In our surrender, we must give ourselves to God in the same way He gave Himself for us – totally, unconditionally, and without reservation” (Chambers, March 13). God’s surrender is an example to me of what my surrender to Him should be. How can I surrender myself more to the One who surrendered Himself completely for me?

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