The Words That Jesus Spoke

Matthew 7:28-29 NASB
”When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

John 6:68 NASB
”Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

There are times when I am reading or studying God’s Word, and I come across a direct quote of something that Jesus said, and it just stops me in my tracks and I marvel at the words that Jesus spoke. I could give you all kinds of examples but one that quickly comes to mind is when Lazarus had died as recorded in John 11 and Jesus says to Mary: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

We’re not talking about a man giving some insight into a problem here, what Jesus says goes way beyond that and Jesus does this time and time again.

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have Jesus sitting next to you and to have been able to ask Him a question that you did not understand and actually have Him explain it to you? “Jesus, what about . . . .?” Or “Jesus, I don’t understand how . . .!” I do this in prayer quite often and sometimes I do get answers where God’s Holy Spirit will put some Scriptures together for me later on, but it’s not the same as it would be getting a direct response.

There are those times of course, when God’s Holy Spirit just opens a Scripture up to the realization of a reality such as how God our Father, sees us in the beautiful righteousness of His Son etc, that seems to penetrate to the very core of our being, in a way that is difficult to put into words. Those don’t happen every day, at least not for me, but when they do, you don’t soon forget them! And I have this strong suspicion that is what it must have been like, to those who were fortunate enough to hear the actual words, spoken by Jesus.

Would the miracles that Jesus performed, like feeding thousands with next to nothing to start with, have been something else to actually see? For sure! And I can imagine that when Jesus commanded the storm to stop on the sea and it did, there was little wonder why they worshipped Him (Matthew 14). But it’s always the words that Jesus spoke that go beyond the visual and penetrate deep within to the reality of who Jesus is. And that in itself is just mind boggling.

Sometimes you run across people who question just about everything, the authenticity of the Gospels, the translation of the various manuscripts from one language to another, sometimes the very existence of Jesus Himself, and there is solid factual evidence for each of these questions, plus there is nothing wrong in asking these questions, but I find that it is the words that Jesus spoke that are the most compelling of all. Either Jesus was who He said He was or He wasn’t and the unquestioned witness of the four Gospels is that He was and is exactly who He said He is.

And that being the case, one would do well to seriously consider all that Jesus conveyed to us. And once you earnestly do that, well the words of Jesus are powerful and they are powerful for a reason. And that reason is that Jesus is the Son of God, and that realization literally changes everything!

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. A very challenging and thoughtful post Bruce. What strikes me about the words of our Lord is that at the same time they are both simple and profound. An excellent example being “…only believe,” from Mark 5:36.
    Thank you for writing this brother, may our Father God continue to guide and bless you each day.

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  2. Good post. I wonder if in heaven we ever be able to see a heavenly video of some sort of these Gospel events…that would be so amazing to see Jesus speak in the Gospels

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    • I’ve thought that many times Jim and just yesterday I was thinking I would like to be there for the whole three years of Jesus’ ministry. Three whole years. That is a lot of time. Well maybe not the crucification, don’t know if I could handle that but I’m sure we will be able to “know” all that Jesus said and did. I’m thinking we probably don’t know a tenth of what Jesus said and did. Blessings brother.

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