I cannot say that Jesus was uniquely divine. He was as much God as Krishna, or Rama, or Mohammed, or Zoroaster.
If Christ is not divine, every impulse of the Christian world falls to a lower octave, and light and love and hope decline.
It is as wholly wrong to blame Marx for what was done in his name, as it is to blame Jesus for what was done in his.
Christ does not dress up a moral picture, and ask you to observe its beauty. He only tells you how to live; and the most beautiful characters the world has ever seen, have been those who received and lived these precepts without once conceiving their beauty.
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.
If any want to become my followers, Jesus says. Following him is not something that is self-evident, even among the disciples. No one can be forced, no one can be expected to follow him. … “If any want to follow me, they must deny themselves and take up their cross.
One of the things that Christmas reminds us is that Jesus Christ was once a child.
Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!
Be sure that Christ is not behind you, but before, calling and drawing you on. This is the liberty, the beautiful liberty of Christ. Claim your glorious privilege in the name of a disciple; be no more a servant, when Christ will own you as a friend.
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
The word ‘Christianity’ is already a misunderstanding — in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Jesus does not drive His followers on before, as a herd of unwilling disciples, but goes before Himself, leading them into paths that He has trod, and dangers He has met, and sacrifices He has borne Himself, calling them after Him and to be only followers.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Christ is known only by them that receive Him into their love, their faith, their deep want; known only as He is enshrined within, felt as a Divine force, breathed in the inspirations of the secret life.
Christ wants to lead men by their love, their personal love to Him, and the confidence of His personal love to them.
Jesus died too soon. He would have repudiated His doctrine if He had lived to my age.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.
To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.
Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.
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.
2,000 years ago one man got nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be if everyone was nice to each other for a change.
Jesus Christ is to me the outstanding personality of all time, all history, both as Son of God and as Son of Man. Everything he ever said or did has value for us today and that is something you can say of no other man, dead or alive. There is no easy middle ground to stroll upon. You either accept Jesus or reject him.
Stoning prophets and erecting churches to their memory afterwards has been the way of the world through the ages. Today we worship Christ, but the Christ in the flesh we crucified.
Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand.
Only you pick that crab. Nobody else take it. I already know this. Everyone else want best quality. You thinking different.
Jesus is the true manifestation of God, and He is manifested to be the regenerating power of a divine life.
We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.
No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.
It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Joseph saw God our Eternal Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.
From my youth onwards I have found in Jesus my great brother.
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.
Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.
Christianity is the only religion on earth that has felt that omnipotence made God incomplete. Christianity alone has felt that God, to be wholly God must be a rebel as well as a king.
He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.
I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.
Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.
Jesus Christ was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.
I believe in JesusAn’ what the Bible saidAn’ I am fairly certainHe had himself a heavy head.He scared the lyin’ peopleSo bad, they hung him deadAn’ they never even listenedTo what he really said.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
If your salvation was dependent on your ability to read and understand scripture, Jesus would have been an author.
Jesus was saying that you can’t have a larger life with restricted attitudes.
Jesus was the greatest religious genius that ever lived.
All is inherent within us. Like Jesus said, “The Kingdom is Within.
You should point to the whole man Jesus and say, ‘That is God.’
Great occasions rally great principles, and brace the mind to a lofty bearing, a bearing that is even above itself. But trials that make no occasion at all, leave it to show the goodness and beauty it has in its own disposition. And here precisely is the superhuman glory of Christ as a character, that He is just as perfect, exhibits just as great a spirit in little trials as in great ones.
Do not be afraid to say ‘yes’ to Jesus, to find your joy in doing his will, giving yourself completely to the pursuit of holiness, and using all your talents in the service of others!
The Lord Jesus Christ would have the whole world to know, that though He pardons sin, He will not protect it.
In Jesus, God wills to be true God not only in the height but also in the depth – in the depth of human creatureliness, sinfulness and mortality.
We’re more popular than Jesus Christ now. I don’t know which will go first; rock and roll or Christianity.
The dying Jesus is the evidence of God’s anger toward sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God’s love and forgiveness.
What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for?
Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.
The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.
The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.
The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: “a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb”. Jesus entered our world through a door marked,”No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
If Jesus Christ were to come today people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he has to say, and make fun of it.