What Would Jesus Christ Say?
I had a hard time imagining what I would say to each of those well-known or infamous individuals. What I would say in my fantasy world would be something like this: Paris Hilton: Go look up the definition of shame on the internet. Terrell Owens: It is your responsibility to intercept throws. Simply carry out your responsibilities. When I perform my work successfully, I don’t break into a dance in the middle of the room (thank God). To quote Tom Cruise, “You might want to reconsider your medicine decision.” Bono: You’re fantastic.
But I’m not sure that asking what Jesus would say to a celebrity is the best thing to ask at this point.
Whether I am listening to a sermon, I worry if Congregant A is hearing what I’m saying as well.
That is the point at which I become less comfortable and a little more reserved.
- The first inquiry would be, “What is your job title?” What would Jesus have to eat?
- It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to spend time with you.
- Jesus: I understand what you’re saying.
- Jesus:I’m delighted you came to me with your anxiety and hurt over Joni’s sickness.
- Dave:I’m not sure how I would have dealt with it if it hadn’t been for you.
- Dave:I understand.
It’s easy for me to get caught up in trivial matters that I forget to pray and read the Bible.
Dave:Do you require another refill?
I would like to have the same level of importance in your eyes as you have in mine.
It’s because I’m madly in love with you.
So it’s possible that my imagined chat with Jesus might not go precisely as planned.
I feel such dialogue would have a profound impact on my perception of people.
As a result, the following question is straightforward.
I’m going to be studying His words and teachings.
Every day, I have fellow disciples of Jesus with whom to trek down the path of faith.
My guess is that He would say something very simple yet deep enough to keep me on my toes for the rest of my life.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, promising to turn his followers into fishermen.
8:22 (KJV) “Follow me,” he said, as Matthew rose to his feet and followed him.
Matt 16:24 (KJV) Then come with me and follow me.” Matt.
John 1:43 (NIV) Anyone who serves me is required to do so in my footsteps.
You are required to follow me.” John 21:22 (NIV) According to Forrest Gump’s classic remarks, “I’m not a very bright young man.” But, like Forrest, I have a sharp sense of what is clear in a situation.
All of the other details will be worked out in collaboration.
In addition to When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, he is the author of Bring’em Back Alive – A Healing Plan for Those Wounded by the Church and When Bad Christians Happen to Good People.
Dave and Joni, his wife of twenty-nine years, are the parents of three adult kids who live in different states. You can respond by clicking on the link. Dave’s blog may be found on the Crosswalk.com weblogs.
15 Things Jesus Would Say to You if You Met Him for Coffee (and book winner revealed!) – Donna Jones
In case you’ve ever heard me talk on spiritual matters, you’re probably familiar with the prayer I say before I open my Bible to read from it. It was a simple prayer, but it had a profound impact on my understanding of scripture. It has brought the words of the Bible to life for me. Intimate. For me and my life, this is true. If Jesus were here with me right now, what do you think he would say to me?” Have you ever pondered what Jesus would say to you if you happened to run into him for a cup of coffee on the street?
- Is it going to be awkward?
- Would you be amused?
- Would you feel better if you did this?
- Who is someone who is well acquainted with you?
- Although I am unable to predict exactly what Jesus would say to you if you were to meet Him for coffee, the following is what I believe would be at the top of the list:
- I’m madly in love with you. You as you truly are. Don’t act as though you’re surprised: I created you and I recognize you. I understand your aspirations, your disappointments, and your heartbreaks. I’m here to assist you
- There is forgiveness for you
- Put an end to your fretting and begin to trust. When you speak to Me, I will listen
- Go to work. Continue your journey. Put yourself on the correct road and remain on it. by the way, I’m on the correct route. )
- You are never on your own. I’ll be there for you at all times. My Spirit is within you
- The fear you are experiencing is not from Me. Follow Me: I’ll show you how to do it. I’m in love with how I’m in love. Take a look at what I observe. Follow my lead. Give in the manner in which I give. Take use of what I’ve learned. Live your life in the manner in which I lived
- I forgive you. That is why I allowed myself to be crucified: I wanted to be free. Nothing in this world will ever be able to genuinely fulfill your soul. Please follow my instructions. In your best interests and for my own personal dignity, I’m doing this for you. The people in your life aren’t there by chance. They’re fantastic. Deeply. Even the most difficult ones. Particularly the difficult ones
- Take a deep breath and recognize that I am God.
I’m sure there are many more things Jesus would say to you if he were there. To me, it is. To each and every one of us. His knowledge is limitless. After all, Jesus is known as the Word. However, I believe He would begin with these items. His concluding words, I believe, would be: “Let’s do this again soon,” or something along those lines. There was a time when there was only the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was the God. The Word took on the form of a man and established His home among us.
Angelique Goudeau has won the competition!
Donna considers herself to be more than a Bible teacher; she describes herself as a Bibleexplainer.
What Would Jesus Say? by Tony Cooke
What would Jesus say in a letter to you if He were to write one? What may He have to say to your church, or to the church across the street from yours? As it turns out, we really have a live, breathing template in the form of the Bible, which gives tremendous insight into these critical concerns. The first three chapters of the Book of Revelation include exciting messages that Jesus delivered to seven different local churches across the world. Stunning responses may be found in these letters:
- What is Jesus’ attitude toward believers and churches like
- When it comes to our life, what are His priorities and values? What does the Lord find agreeable and displeasing, and how might we please Him? What are the consequences of obeying and disobeying God’s commands
His words are piercing, like a sharp, two-edged sword, and He continues to speak with great authority even now. Jesus has remained constant throughout history, and His heart remains steadfastly dedicated to His people.
Jesus continues to speak to us today with praise, warnings, instruction, affirmation, correction, and promises, and it is critical that we pay attention to what He has to tell us. “Let anyone who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” as Jesus stated.
What Would Jesus Really Do? Here are 10 Examples of What We are Called to Imitate
We should all strive to emulate Christ in our daily lives, and I understand the motivation behind the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) movement. However, we must acknowledge that Jesus had a very different ministry than any of us, and drawing direct analogies will be tough. For example, what would Jesus do in the case of a paralyzed man who was in desperate need of healing? He would absolve him of his crimes (that would be blasphemy coming from me). What would Jesus do if he had the power to undo an evil curse that was responsible for all that was wrong in the world?
He intends to overturn tables and money changers, push merchants out of business, and make sweeping allegations.
However, while the WWJD paradigm may not directly apply in many instances, there is, in general, submission to God’s authority and His rule, which Jesus both demonstrated and taught.
Worship God alone
It’s normal for the heart to fall in love with what it considers worthwhile; sentiments will inevitably follow. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone must you serve,” Jesus cautions. (Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:10)
Preach the message of repentance
The biggest demand of Jesus was for everyone to repent: “Unless you repent, you will all die likewise.” (See also Luke 13:3). It was the teachings of Jesus that “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all countries, beginning at Jerusalem.” The Bible says (Luke 24:46-47).
The continual effort to educate and encourage is an important part of discipleship, aside from the evangelistic component of it. It is plainly stated in the Bible that discipleship involves “training them to obey all things that I have ordered you.” (Matthew 28:20; Mark 12:20). It is critical to expose individuals to a degree of biblical teaching that actually fosters sanctification and spiritual progress over the course of their entire lives.
Help the poor
What you are doing is actually pretty simple: when you love and serve the poor, you are also loving and serving Christ (Matthew 25:35). “.He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” This is how Jesus taught us to share from the abundance of our blessings. (See Luke 3:11 for more information.)
It is beneficial to recite the Lord Jesus’ message on prayer on a consistent basis. Start with learning the fundamental structure of the Lord’s Praying, which can be found in Luke 11. This will assist you in developing habits that will lead to more effective prayer in the future.
Be careful what you sow
It appears throughout the gospels, particularly in the Sermon on the Mount; for example, the kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are poor in spirit; those who are meek will inherit the earth; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied; and those who are merciful will receive mercy.
“Do not be misled; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap,” Paul the Apostle writes in Galatians 6:7-8. Indeed, “he who sows to his body will harvest corruption,” but “he who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life,” according to the Bible.
God provides for the sparrow, and He dresses the lilies in a beauty that surpasses that of even Solomon in all his splendor – God is good. How much more does your heavenly Father want the best for you and your family? As the rest of the verse in Matthew 6:31-34 explains, “Therefore, do not be concerned about what to eat and drink or what to dress, for these things are not up to you.” Because your heavenly Father understands that you require all of these things. Rather, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you.
Love His enemies
Do kind to those who hate you, Jesus says (Luke 6:27); pray for those who persecute you, Jesus says (Matthew 5:44); and bless those who curse you, Jesus adds (Luke 6:27-36). “If you love people who love you, what reward do you have?” says the author. Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (See Matthew 5:46.)
Adhere to the Golden Rule
As Jesus says in Luke 6:27, do good to those who hate you; pray for those who persecute you; and bless those who curse you (Matthew 5:44), we should do good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27-36). “For what reward do you have if you love those who love you? What makes you think that even the tax collectors don’t do the same?” Christ’s teachings on forgiveness are found in Matthew 5:46.
Honor Father and Mother
We are taught by Jesus to honor and respect our mothers and fathers, no matter how much they have merited it. With the first commandment comes the promise that “everything will be well with you and that you will live a long time on the world.” (See also Ephesians 6:3).
What Does the Bible Say About What Would Jesus Do?
Indeed, it is to this that you have been summoned, since Christ suffered and died for you, setting an example so that you may follow in his footsteps.
John 14:12ESV / 24 helpful votes
I declare to you truthfully and truly: whomever believes in me will do the works that I perform, and he will accomplish much greater works than these because I am going to the Father.”
John 7:24ESV / 17 helpful votes
Avoid making hasty judgments based on looks, but rather use sound judgment.”
Philippians 2:3-5ESV / 13 helpful votes
Do nothing out of competition or conceit, but rather in humility acknowledge that others are more important than yourself. It is important for everyone of you to consider not just your own interests, but also the interests of others. This thinking, which is yours through Christ Jesus, must be shared amongst you.
John 3:16ESV / 11 helpful votes
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whomever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Hebrews 10:39ESV / 10 helpful votes
In contrast to others who shrink back and are destroyed, we are among those who have faith and are able to keep their spirits intact.
Romans 6:1-23ESV / 10 helpful votes
So, what are we going to say? Is it OK for us to persist in sin so that grace may abound? In no way, shape, or form! How can we, who have died to sin, continue to exist in it? What if I told you that every one of us who has been baptized into Christ Jesus has also been baptized into his death? In order for us to share in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, we were buried with him in baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.
For if we have been linked with him in a death like to his, we will undoubtedly be united with him in a resurrection similar to his.
John 14:6ESV / 10 helpful votes
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus replied to him, and he believed him. No one else can bring anybody else to the Father except through me.
1 John 2:15ESV / 9 helpful votes
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus declared to him. Except through me, no one can come to the Father.
1 Peter 4:1-2ESV / 9 helpful votes
So in order to be prepared for what Christ went through in the flesh, arm yourself with the same way of thinking, for anyone who has suffered in the flesh has been delivered from sin, allowing them to live out the rest of their days in the flesh not out of selfish desires but out of obedience to God’s will.
Matthew 5:8ESV / 9 helpful votes
“Those who have a pure heart will see God, and those who have a contrite spirit will not see God.”
1 Corinthians 2:16ESV / 8 helpful votes
“After all, who has comprehended the thoughts of the Lord in order to educate him?” We, on the other hand, have the thinking of Christ.
John 16:33ESV / 8 helpful votes
I have stated these things to you so that you may find peace in me. I hope this has helped. You will have difficulties in this life. But take comfort; I have triumphed over the entire world.”
John 14:1-3ESV / 8 helpful votes
“Do not allow your hearts to be worried.” Believe in God, and believe in me as well. There are several rooms in my Father’s house. Would I have informed you that I was going to arrange a home for you if that had not been the case? Moreover, if I go and arrange a place for you, I will return and take you to myself, so that you may be with me wherever I am at the moment.
John 3:16-17ESV / 8 helpful votes
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whomever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” In other words, God did not bring his Son into the world in order to condemn the world, but in order that the world may be rescued by him and his sacrifice.
1 Corinthians 6:19ESV / 7 helpful votes
Or are you unaware that your body serves as a temple for the Holy Spirit who dwells within you and whom you have received from God? You do not exist on your own.
1 Peter 3:15ESV / 6 helpful votes
But in your hearts, revere Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to provide an explanation for the hope that you have in Christ; nevertheless, do it with gentleness and respect, for Christ’s sake.
Luke 1:1-80ESV / 6 helpful votes
Since so many have taken on the task of compiling an account of what has occurred among us, just as those who have been eyewitnesses and ministers of the word from the beginning have delivered them to us, it seemed appropriate to me, having closely followed all of the events for some time, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may have confidence in the things you have been taught.
During the reign of Herod the Great, king of Judea, there lived a priest by the name of Zechariah, who belonged to the division of Abijah.
Matthew 7:12ESV / 6 helpful votes
For this is the Law and the Teachings of the Prophets: “Whatever you wish others would do to you, do also to them.”
Hebrews 12:2ESV / 5 helpful votes
Turning our gaze to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the humiliation, and is now sat at God’s right side, we pray:
Hebrews 11:6ESV / 5 helpful votes
Turning our attention to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now sat at God’s right side on the throne of grace
Titus 2:13ESV / 5 helpful votes
We are looking forward to our wonderful hope, the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, and we are praying.
John 15:13ESV / 5 helpful votes
There is no greater love than the love that someone would lay down his life for his or her pals.
Isaiah 53:5ESV / 5 helpful votes
The punishment for our trespasses was laid on his shoulders, and the punishment that brought us peace fell on his shoulders as well. It is by his stripes that we have been cured of our iniquities.
Revelation 1:7ESV / 4 helpful votes
He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail in response to his arrival. Even so, it’s a good thing. Amen.
1 Timothy 2:5ESV / 4 helpful votes
Because there is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, there is no need for any other.
Romans 8:1-39ESV / 4 helpful votes
Therefore, people who believe in Jesus Christ are no longer under any condemnation whatsoever. You have been set free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death, because the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Because God has accomplished what the law, weakened by the flesh, was unable to do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, God condemned sin in the flesh, allowing the righteous requirement of the law to be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 16:31ESV / 4 helpful votes
They instructed them to believe in the Lord Jesus, and they assured them that they, as well as their household, were saved.
Acts 4:12ESV / 4 helpful votes
The only other person who can provide us with salvation is Jesus Christ, for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.”
John 10:30ESV / 4 helpful votes
‘I and the Father are one,’ I declare.”
Luke 21:34-36ESV / 4 helpful votes
“However, keep an eye on yourselves lest your souls become burdened down with dissipation, intoxication, and the concerns of this life, and that day fall upon you like a trap.” Because it will affect everyone who lives anywhere on the face of the entire planet. Nevertheless, keep your eyes open at all times, hoping for the strength to escape all of the events that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Matthew 6:33ESV / 4 helpful votes
Rather, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as a bonus.
Matthew 5:16ESV / 4 helpful votes
As you do the same, let your light to shine before others so that they may see your good deeds and give praise to your heavenly Father who is in heaven.
Proverbs 11:14ESV / 4 helpful votes
When there is no advice, a people collapses, but when there is an abundance of counselors, a people is protected.
James 1:1-27ESV / 3 helpful votes
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a servant of the people. Hello, and welcome to the twelve tribes of the Dispersion. When you face trials of all kinds, my brothers, take heart, because you know that the testing of your faith develops steadfastness in the end.
So that you may be flawless and complete, wanting in nothing, allow steadfastness to work its full magic on your soul. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should turn to God, who gives abundantly to everybody without regard for their deeds, and he will be provided with it.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13ESV / 3 helpful votes
If I talk in the tongues of men and angels, but do not have love in my heart, I am like a resounding gong or a clattering cymbal. And if I have prophetic abilities, and grasp all secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, to the point of being able to move mountains, but I lack love, I am nothing but a piece of paper. What good does it do me if I give up all I have and leave my body to be burnt, but I don’t have love? When love is patient and gentle, it does not envy or boast, and it does not act in an arrogant or harsh manner.
Acts 2:38ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” Peter instructed them.
Acts 1:11ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring into heaven?” he inquired. This Jesus, who was carried up from you into heaven, will return in the same manner in which you witnessed him go into heaven.”
John 11:25ESV / 3 helpful votes
“I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus declared to her. Whoever believes in me will live even if he dies, because I am the resurrection and the life.
John 10:10ESV / 3 helpful votes
The thief is just interested in stealing, killing, and destroying. I come so that they could have life, and that they might have it abundantly.
John 8:58ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” Jesus continued to speak to them.
John 3:3ESV / 3 helpful votes
When he asked Jesus about it, he received the following response: “Truly, truly, I say to you, until one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 1:1ESV / 3 helpful votes
Beginning with the creation of the Word, and with God from the beginning of time, the Word became God.
Luke 16:26ESV / 3 helpful votes
In addition to all of this, a tremendous gap has been established between us and you, in order that anyone who would travel from here to you would not be able to do so, and that none would pass from there to us.’
Luke 12:4ESV / 3 helpful votes
My friends, I advise you not to be afraid of people who kill the body and then have nothing more they can do with it.
Mark 8:38ESV / 3 helpful votes
If anybody is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and wicked time, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he appears in the glory of his Father, surrounded by the holy angels.”
Matthew 28:19ESV / 3 helpful votes
Make disciples of all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything I have spoken to you.
Matthew 28:18ESV / 3 helpful votes
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been entrusted to me,” Jesus declared to them when he appeared to them.
Matthew 25:31-46ESV / 3 helpful votes
He will sit on his beautiful throne when the Son of Man appears in all his glory, with all the angels accompanying him,” says the Bible. There will be a gathering of all nations before him, and he will separate people one from another in the same way that a shepherd separates sheep from other goats. The sheep will be placed to his right, while the goats will be placed to his left. Then the King will address those on his right, saying, “Come, you who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom that has been planned for you from the foundation of the world.” Because I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, and so on.
Matthew 24:36ESV / 3 helpful votes
‘But no one knows when day or hour it will be; not the angels of heaven, nor the Son, nor anyone else, but only the Father knows.’
Matthew 24:4-5ESV / 3 helpful votes
In response, Jesus said, “Make certain that no one leads you wrong. Indeed, many people will come in my name, proclaiming, “I am the Christ,” and they will lead many people astray.
Matthew 8:1-34ESV / 3 helpful votes
When he descended down the mountain, he was greeted by a large number of people. As he was speaking, a leper approached him and bowed before him, pleading, “Lord, if it is your will, you may cleanse me.” And Jesus reached out his hand and kissed him on the cheek, saying, “I will; wash your feet.” And his leprosy was cleared up almost soon. In response, Jesus said to him, “See to it that you don’t say anything to anybody else, but go, reveal yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses instructed as proof to them.” When he arrived at Capernaum, a centurion approached him and pleaded with him to come with him.
Isaiah 53:4ESV / 3 helpful votes
Certainly, he has bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we still considered him to be afflicted, struck by God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 13:1-15:9ESV / 3 helpful votes
The vision of the oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah the son of Amoz witnessed. Raise a signal on a barren hill; call out to them aloud; and wave your hand to allow them to enter the gates of the great house. My dedicated ones have been ordered to execute my rage, and my great soldiers have been summoned to carry out my vengeance against my exulting ones. The mountains reverberate with the sound of a turmoil, as if there were a large throng there! The sound of a kingdom’s tumult, the sound of a nation’s getting together!
They have come from a faraway region, from the farthest reaches of the skies, with the Lord and the weapons of his wrath, with the intent of destroying the whole area.
Proverbs 27:17ESV / 3 helpful votes
Sharpening iron is a two-way street, and one man sharpens another.
1 Samuel 23:1-29ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Look, the Philistines are battling against Keilah, and they are stealing the threshing floors,” they informed David at this point. As a result, David approached the Lord and questioned, “Shall I go and confront these Philistines?” As a result, the Lord instructed David to “go and confront the Philistines in order to defend Keilah.” “Forbearing, we are scared here in Judah; how much more so if we go to Keilah and face the armies of the Philistines?” David’s warriors said to him. Then David went back to theLord and questioned once again.
As a result, David was able to save the people of Keilah.
Deuteronomy 18:9-14ESV / 3 helpful votes
As soon as you arrive in the country that theLordyour God is presenting to you, you will not be taught to emulate the detestable behaviors of other countries. It is forbidden for you to have any sorcerer or charmer or medium or necromancer or one who inquires of the dead among you, because anyone who does these things is an abomination to the Lord. It is also forbidden for you to have any divination or fortune-telling or omen-interpreting practices, or to have any sorcerer or charmer or medium or necromancer or one who inquires of the dead.
And as a result of these abominations, theLordyour God is driving them out before your very eyes. You will be blameless in the eyes of the Lord, your God.
Exodus 22:18ESV / 3 helpful votes
“You are not to let a witch to reside in your presence.”
Revelation 22:12ESV / 2 helpful votes
“For behold, I am on my way, bearing with me my payment in order to make up for what he has done to everyone.”
Revelation 1:1ESV / 2 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God provided him in order to reveal his servants the events that are about to take place in the future. He communicated this to his servant John through the medium of an angel.
James 1:2ESV / 2 helpful votes
When you face challenges of many types, my brothers, remember to rejoice in the moment.
Hebrews 11:1ESV / 2 helpful votes
The certainty of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen, are the fruits of faith.
Philippians 4:19ESV / 2 helpful votes
And my God, who is rich in glory in Christ Jesus, will meet every need you have according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6ESV / 2 helpful votes
No matter what happens, do not be concerned about it; instead, make your requests known to God through prayer and petition with thankfulness in everything.
Ephesians 2:10ESV / 2 helpful votes
Nothing should cause you anxiety, but in everything, through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God, so that he may grant them.
1 Corinthians 15:2ESV / 2 helpful votes
If you remain firm to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain—you will be saved as a result of what I have taught.
Romans 15:2ESV / 2 helpful votes
Allow everyone of us to satisfy his or her neighbor for the sake of the neighbor, in order to build him or her up.
Romans 10:9ESV / 2 helpful votes
Because if you believe in your heart that God resurrected Jesus from the dead and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved.
Romans 8:1ESV / 2 helpful votes
Therefore, people who believe in Jesus Christ are no longer under any condemnation whatsoever.
Romans 6:23ESV / 2 helpful votes
Because the price of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
John 20:31ESV / 2 helpful votes
Nevertheless, they have been written in order for you to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and in order for you to have life in his name as a result of believing.
John 11:1-57ESV / 2 helpful votes
The illness of Lazarus of Bethany, the hamlet where Mary and her sister Martha lived, had now come to the fore. It was Mary, whose brother Lazarus was sick, who anointed the Lord with ointment and cleaned his feet with her hair, and it was she who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair. As a result, the sisters sent a message to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is suffering.” Nevertheless, when Jesus heard it, he declared, “This disease will not result in death. It serves to magnify God, so that the Son of God may be exalted as a result of its accomplishment.
John 4:3ESV / 2 helpful votes
He left Judea and returned to Galilee a second time.
John 1:14ESV / 2 helpful votes
And the Word became man and lived among us, and we have beheld his glory, glory befitting the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth, as we have witnessed his incarnation.
Genesis 1:1ESV / 2 helpful votes
The heavens and the earth were created by God in the beginning of time.
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The Power of Really Asking “What Would Jesus Do?”
Over the last few of decades, the question “What Would Jesus Do?” has become a well-known campaign slogan. Individuals as well as entire religious congregations have utilized it as a guide for behavior and as a benchmark for living a fulfilling life. There’s no doubting that asking the question and putting it into practice may have a good influence on every aspect of our life. WWJD was an abbreviation that I first became aware of in the 1990s, and I was curious as to what it stood for. During the intervening period, I’ve observed it on bumper stickers and heard it discussed in texts from various sources.
But what I didn’t realize was that the term has a long and illustrious history, with origins that can be traced all the way back to the beginning of Christian history. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images/hannahgleg
Where Did The Phrase What Would Jesus Do Come From?
What Would Jesus Do is based on the Biblical concept of “Imitatio Christi,” or “Imitation of Christ,” which is one of the teachings emphasized by the Roman Catholic Church. In the 1400s, Thomas a Kempis wrote a book with the titleImitation of Christ, which is still in print. John Wesley later built on the foundation of this theme by including a component relating to social welfare. In 1881 in London, the preacher Charles Spurgeon was inspired by Kempis’ book and peppered one of his sermons with the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” as a result of his reading of it.
- Simpson wrote a hymn with that phrase as the title, which was published.
- During the year 1890, Reverend Sheldon served as pastor of the Central Congregational Church of Topeka, Kansas.
- Sheldon acknowledged the difficulties associated with emulating Christ while living in contemporary culture.
- A cliffhanger was used at the end of each message, followed by the question, “What would Jesus do?” The number of people attending Central Congregational soon increased.
- Because of a faulty copyright, the book was eventually published by 70 different publishers across the United States and beyond.
- After reading one of Sheldon’s stories about how a newspaper editor applied the question “What Would Jesus Do?” to his work, the editor of the Topeka Daily Capital invited Sheldon to take over his newspaper for a week.
- Ads that were deemed offensive by the Reverend were either removed or rewritten.
- What Would Jesus Do?: A Contemporary Retelling of Charles M.
- Sheldon, Reverend Sheldon’s great-grandson, who published an updated version of the book under the title What Would Jesus Do?
WWJD in the Modern World
In the 1890s, the song “In His Steps” became an immediate classic. However, over a century later, the phrase from Reverend Sheldon’s lectures would resonate with a whole new generation of people. A youth leader in Michigan, Janie Tinklenberg, read the book and became enamored with the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” after hearing it. When Janie was looking for an effective approach to convey this topic to her group, she reduced the term into an acronym, WWJD (World Wide Junior Development). She made bracelets for each pupil to wear every day as a reminder of what they were learning.
T-shirts, mugs, and banners have all been printed with the acronym since its inception, and it has even been included in the Oxford English Dictionary as an entry.
The film “WWJD” was released in 2010, and a sequel, “WWJD: The Journey Continues,” was released the following year in 2015.
In 2012, a sequel to “WWJD” was released, titled “WWJD II: The Woodcarver.” These, like Garrett Sheldon’s translation of the original, offered the Reverend’s thoughts a modern-day context in which to be applied.
What Does the Phrase What Would Jesus Do Really Mean?
The question “What Would Jesus Do?” is a shortened form of the following inquiry:
- I’m curious as to what Jesus did in circumstances like these. What would Jesus do if he found himself in my circumstances
- What can I do to be like Him?
“In light of what I know about Jesus’ character and instructions, how would He advise me to respond in this situation?” would be a more full way of phrasing the sentence. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images/Rawpixel
How Is “What Would Jesus Do” Used Today?
It acts as a reminder, just as it did for Janie Tinklenberg’s youth group, not to react on the spur of the moment. It is a tool that we may use to take a moment to pause, reflect, and pray about a situation before reacting. We are not flawless in the same manner that Jesus is, but we may imitate His perfect ways. Ideally, if we choose to act in the manner of Jesus, we will demonstrate greater insight and enjoy greater serenity, regardless of the outcome. Planning to follow the WWJD phrase as a guide is not always the most straightforward approach to do.
- Are we ready to hear the answer to the WWJD question? (Do we truly want to know what God’s will is? ) Are we prepared to abide by the answer to WWJD’s question? (Are we going to connect ourselves with God? )
ScriptureVerses That Support the Phrase
The New Testament is replete with verses that exhort us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. The Apostle Paul believed it to be the highest calling a Christian could have, and he spoke openly about it in all of his writings to the churches he visited. For this reason, “follow in God’s footsteps as dearly loved children and walk in the path of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2). “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit in your own self-importance.
Try to think about your interactions with one another with the same perspective that Christ Jesus did ” (Philippians 2:3-5).
In addition to Paul’s words, several New Testament writers repeat his sentiments: “To this you were summoned because Christ suffered for your sake, setting you an example, that you might follow in his footsteps” (1 Peter 2:21).
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So, What Would Jesus Do?
It may seem obvious, but in order to be able to appropriately answer the WWJD question, we must be conversant with what Jesus accomplished during His life and ministry. The New Testament writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the most reliable sources for information concerning Jesus’ life and teachings. Reading and understanding the four Gospels is an excellent first step toward reacting in the manner of Jesus Christ. Despite the fact that WWJD is concerned with New Testament history, understanding of Old Testament principles is crucial for us as well.
- When Jesus spoke in the Gospels, He used God’s laws from the Old Testament as a foundation for His teachings, referencing similar chapters to provide context for His audience.
- It has been brought to your attention that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.'” (See Matthew 5:27.) “You are not permitted to commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
- However, on rare occasions, Jesus used parables, or stories like these, to convey a life lesson to his listeners.
- Using our talents (time, talent, and money) to further God’s Kingdom is the message of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:111-27).
- While delving into what Jesus would do, it’s also beneficial to consider what Jesus would not do in the same situation.
- As a result, everything of His activities were directed at giving honor and credit to His Father.
- He continued to glorify God despite the fact that He was being tempted by Satan in the desert on a regular basis (Matthew 4:1-11,Luke 4:1-13,Mark 1:12-13).
- Despite the fact that Jesus was about to be crucified, He remained faithful to His Father’s desire (Matthew 26:39).
- However, if a term has been around for a long enough period of time, it may begin to be used more casually or perhaps disappear entirely.
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- A practical 30-day devotional about worship based on the words of King David, Bow Down: The Heart of a True Worshipper is available via her publisher, iUniverse.
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Heather Adams is a Connecticut-based author, lecturer, and vocalist who works in the entertainment industry. In order to equip and encourage Christians to seek more of God’s truth and to experience more of His pleasure each day, Heather has made it her mission to equip and encourage believers. A practical 30-day devotional about worship based on the words of King David, Bow Down: The Heart of a True Worshipper is available via her publisher, iUniverse. Heather’s blog, Worship Walk Ministries, provides weekly Scripture passages and thought-provoking thoughts for readers to consider.
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What Did Jesus Do?
In every way, the table serves as his altar. Jesus Seminar co-founder John Dominic Crossan makes a compelling argument that Jesus’ table manners were possibly the most radical feature of his life—that Jesus’ table manners opened the way to his heavenly morals—in the book, The Jesus Seminar. Crossan views Jesus living within a Mediterranean Jewish peasant society, a culture of kin and cohort, in which who eats with whom decides who stands where and why. As a result, the manner Jesus continually breaks the standards of “commensality” when it comes to eating would have surprised his contemporaries.
In his most famous quote, which is still surprising to even the most religious Jew or Muslim, he says, “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him dirty; it is what comes out of his mouth that causes him to be unclean.” Jesus isn’t a hedonist or an epicurean, but he’s also not an ascetic, as seen by the fact that he feeds the crowds rather than advising them on how to live without food.
- The other element of Jesus’ message, a harsh and even vindictive prophesy of a final judgment and a large-scale damnation, might appear to be at odds with the laid-back egalitarianism of the wide road and the open table to a modern reader.
- If the end is near, why are so many wise words being spoken?
- The idea that a later, maybe “unpersonified,” corpus of Hellenized wisdom literature was placed onto an older story of a Jewish messianic prophet has been put up by certain scholars.
- But among charismatic prophets, it is typical to see a single figure who “projects” two personae at the same time, or in close succession, each one gloomy and one dreamy, and this is a regular occurrence.
African-American community leaders prior to the civil-rights movement, for example, were called upon to serve as both prophets and political agitators to an oppressed and persecuted people in a manner not unlike from that of the historical Jesus (and all the other forgotten zealots and rabbis whom the first-century Jewish historian Josephus names and sighs over).
- Malcolm X was the prototypical contemporary apocalyptic prophet-politician, plainly advocating murder and a religion of millennial vengeance, all fueled by a set of cult beliefs—a hovering U.F.O., a bizarre racial myth—that fueled his whole political career and career of his followers.
- His martyrdom earned him the moniker “prophet of hatred,” and within three decades of his death—roughly the time span that separates the Gospels from Jesus—he could find himself on the cover of a liberal humanist magazine such as this one.
- (As if to demonstrate this point, just this week came news of chapters from Haley’s “Autobiography” that had been withheld because they “showed too much of my father’s humanity,” according to Malcolm’s daughter.
- Although there is a genuine and immutable difference between what may be termed narrative facts and statement-making truths—between what makes believable, if broad, sense in a story and what is necessary for a close-knit philosophical argument—the distinction is not insignificant.
While the concept that the ring of power should be delivered to two undersized amateurs to toss into a volcano in the very heart of the enemy’s camp makes solid and sober sense in Tolkien, it would be surprising if such a premise were used as the basis for the Middle Earth Military Academy’s curriculum.
- In Mark, Jesus’ divinity develops without ever needing to be explained intellectually, and it does so without ever needing to be explained.
- This is a narrative of self-discovery: he doesn’t know who he is at first, and then he begins to believe that he knows, and then he begins to question, and in anguish and glory, he dies and is recognized.
- However, as a statement under consideration, it imposes unbearable requirements on logic.
- As a result, we get the Jesus depicted in the Book of John, unlike others who don’t.
- A lamb whose throat has not been slit and which has not bled is not much of an offering, to put it mildly.
- However, this is ruled out by the entire force of the Jewish concept of deity, which is omnipresent and omniscient, capable of knowing and seeing everything.
- You’ll find that the more you think about it, the more amazing, or bizarre, it gets.
- To some extent, therefore, the lengthy history of early Church councils that attempted to transform fairy tales into theology is a history of people walking out of a movie puzzled and looking for someone else to explain what just happened.
- What was at stake in the seemingly absurd wars over the Arian heresy—the question of whether Jesus the Son shared an essence with God the Father or merely a substance—that consumed the Western world during the second and third centuries is explained by Jenkins.
In the same way that Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are two different faces of the same role, or in the same way that James Bond and Ian Fleming are two different authors of the same creation, was Jesus one with God in the same way that Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are two different authors of the same creation?
- Individuals debated in this manner because they were members of social organizations such as cities, schools, clans, and networks, in which words are displayed on flags and pennants: who promised to whom was inextricably bound up with who said what in what language.
- There has long been an effort to separate inspiration from intolerance, beautiful Jesus from ugly Jesus, and this has been going on for centuries.
- The intelligent Jesus is a brother of the shrewd Christ, and the two are related.
- Pullman, a writer of enormous skill and passion, as he has proven in his enchanting children’s fantasies, sees the betrayal of Jesus by his brother Christ as a fundamental betrayal of mankind.
- Pullman’s novel, on the other hand, is not solely argumentative; he also retells the parables and acts in a straightforward simplicity that removes the Pauline barnacles off his characters.
- Take care, and remember what I’ve told you: there are those who have been cursed, and they will never be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
- “Those who are wealthy will be cursed,” the Bible says.
- Neither liberal optimism nor theological hair-splitting will be able to remove the permanent, constant twoness that lies at the core of the Christian tale.
- It can be amputated, mystically married, exposed as a hoax, or worshiped as the greatest of mysteries, depending on the circumstances.
All religions have battles, but few have as many super-subtle shadings of dogma as MacCulloch demonstrates in an intricate, thousand-page-long book: wine or blood, flesh or wafer, one God in three spirits or three Gods in one; a song of children, stables, psalms, parables, and peacemakers on the one hand, a threnody of suffering, nails, wild dogs, and damnation and risen God on the Throughout history, the two have revolved around one another, with the distant Pantocrator of Byzantium giving way to the suffering man of the Renaissance, and so on.
Auden, the best-known Christian poet of the twentieth century, and William Empson, the greatest anti-Christian polemicist of the same century, were precise contemporaries, close friends, and virtually completely interchangeable Englishmen in their roles as slovenly social types.
Empson emerged as the most outspoken critic of a morality reduced to “keeping the taboos imposed by an infinite malignity” during the same period, beginning in the fatal nineteen-forties, in which the reintroduction of human sacrifice as a sacred principle left the believer with “no sense either of personal honour or of the public good.” The difference here is that where Auden saw a good Christ, Empson saw a terrible Christ.) That wail may still be heard above and beyond the words.
The Passion is still the point.
Despite the fact that he is leading a rebellion against Rome that is not really a rebellion, it does not really leave any room for retreat, Jesus appears to have an inkling of the situation in which he finds himself, and some part of his soul does not want to be a part of it: “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.
- When the victim was undressed, it was done so in order to rob him of dignity.
- (As an example of how horrific it was, Josephus writes that he asked the Roman authorities to remove three of his companions off the cross after they had spent hours on it; just one of them survived.) The victim’s legs were fractured, causing him to pass away in a blaze of agony.
- It was terrible, and it was always there.
- His imagination conjures a man being nailed to a cross, shouts of pain, two partner crosses in view, and suddenly we crane out to see two hundred crosses and two hundred victims: we are at the beginning of the tale, the execution of Jewish rebels in 4 B.C., and not the end of the story.
However, Jesus’ cry of desolation—”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”—which was later evangelists either edited out or explained away as an apropos quotation from the Psalm—pierces us even now, thousands of years after it was written in the Gospel of Mark, across all the centuries and Church comforts.
At the very least, the scream reminds us that the Jesus faith begins with a lack of trust on our own.
Despite Jesus’ announcement that “some of those who are standing here will not experience death until they see the kingdom of God,” none of those there did.
It wasn’t, and the entire rest of the story is based around apologizing for what went horribly wrong.
It all starts with the first words of faith, when the majestic symbolic turn (or the retreat to metaphor, if you prefer) takes place.
The reality is represented by the argument, and the absence of certainty represents the certainty.
The word was there from the beginning, and it was there in the midst, and it was right there at the conclusion, Word without beginning or end, Amen.
Rather than being a representation of liberal discourse, as some more open-minded theologians would have us think, it is a mystery in a tale that is only opened in the same way as the tomb is opened, with a mystery left within that will never be completely explained or explored.
Somebody appears to have hoped so, once. ♦* Correction, August 13, 2010: Not all the Gospels are named for disciples, as originally claimed.