I only read one statement of Jesus, but I couldn't go any further in my reading.
It was a statement I had read hundreds of times before, but this time it hit me differently. Deeper. More impacting.
I love when that happens.
I realized I often take a statement like that from Jesus for granted.
Jesus—the Son of God—said something. Something so profound, so life-giving, and yet it has become so familiar to me that I almost gloss over it when I read.
This time I stopped.
I stopped and thought about the many other truths Jesus shared—often in a single sentence—that are life-changing.
Perhaps some of these will be meaningful to you.
Read through the list—memorize a few of them (you probably already have many of them). But don't read them as familiar quotes that are usually written in red. Let them soak deep into your heart and mind. Let them add life to you. Be better with truth.
25 life-giving statements Jesus made:
1. "But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
2. "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few" (Matt. 9:37).
3. "But go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice'" (Matt. 9:13).
4. "Son, be of good cheer. Your sins are forgiven you" (Matt. 9:2).
5. "Ask and it will be given to you" (Matt. 7:7).
6. "Therefore if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).
7. "For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" (Matt. 11:30).
8. "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9).
9. "You are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14)
10. "For without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
11. "He who is greatest among you shall be your servant" (Matt. 23:11).
12. "Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid" (Matt. 14:27).
13. "Look, I am coming soon" (Rev. 22:7).
14. "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26).
15. "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15).
16. "You give them something to eat" (Mark 6:37).
17. "A good tree cannot bear evil fruit" (Matt. 7:18).
18. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (Acts 1:8).
19. "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me" (Mark 7:6).
20. "And you shall be My witnesses" (Acts 1:8).
21. "Therefore, I say to you, take no thought about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink" (Matt. 6:25).
22. "Therefore, everything you would like men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matt. 7:12).
23. "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).
24. "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent" (John 6:29).
25. "It is finished" (John 19:30).
I realize some of these can be misunderstood if out of context, so feel free to read the context of each of them. But the fact is, these are things Jesus said.
The Son of God—who is God—said them. He spoke them. He revealed truth to us.
Every word He said has life-changing value.
I wonder, if we really understood the magnitude of these words of Jesus and believed them—would they change the way we lived our lives? The confidence we have? The assurance in which we find hope?
Which of these do you most need to apply to your life today?
Ron Edmondson is the senior pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. For the original article, visit churchleaders.com.
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