Jesus On Jesus

GUWG-LightningWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Today, we begin a deeeeep dive into a really BIG question: Who did Jesus say he is?

Let’s kick things off with another question: What title did Jesus use most often to refer to himself?

The answer? Son of Man. In fact, that phrase appears a whopping 82 times in the Gospels.

That title emphasized both Jesus’ humble humanity and his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. God’s people had been waiting centuries for these words from Daniel to come to fruition:

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

(Daniel 7:13-14)

Jesus proclaimed himself as the fulfillment of that prophecy in this rather panoramic collection of verses:

Do What Jesus Says

GUWG-Love-One-AnotherWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

For the past several weeks we’ve been attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

We began with Jesus’ Big 2 Commands:

  1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

As Jesus said, “There is no commandment greater than these” and “all the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-34)

Below is a handy list of the 50 commands we covered that show what it reeeeeally means to love God and others. Print it out. Mediate on it. Marinate in it. Memorize it. And then ask the Holy Spirit to help you DO it.

Go Make Disciples

GUWG Go YellowWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

We now come to Jesus’ final command — the Great Commission:

Follow Jesus

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We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Jesus had one last breakfast with his disciples. When they were done eating, he asked Peter three simple questions.

Then he gave Peter one simple command:

Follow me!

(John 21:19)

Note the exclamation point.

Do that.

Now.

Please.

Jesus says.

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Looooove Jesus and Feed His Sheep

GUWG-Feed-SheepWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Jesus is about to leave Earth. He had one last breakfast with his disciples and then he took Peter aside and asked him three simple questions:

Stop Doubting and Believe

GUWG-Faith-DoubtWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Today’s command is rather straightforward:

Stop doubting and believe. (John 20:25)

What was the context of this command? Jesus had just risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples. All but Thomas, that is.

When the other disciples told Thomas they had seen Jesus, he said this:

Receive the Holy Spirit

GUWG-SpiritWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

On the first night after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his rather freaked-out disciples, who were huddled together in a locked room out of fear for the religious leaders. First, he said:

Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

Then he “breathed on them” and said:

Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.

(John 20:19-25; Luke 24:36-43)

Receive the Holy Spirit. What on earth does that mean and why does it matter? Jesus had lots to say on this all-important subject: