Top 10 Jesus Quotes: Sayings from the Gospels

Top 10 Jesus Quotes: Sayings from the Gospels September 2, 2013

It is hard to pick only 10 of Jesus’ quotes because everything He said was powerful.  Here are 10 quotes from the gospels from Jesus Christ that I believe have eternal implications.

John 8:7 “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’”

Too often we cast stones at other believers when we are not without sin.  I have frequently said that if I have a stone to cast, it would have to be at my own self.  Jesus did not say that the woman caught in adultery was without sin but those who are without sin can cast the first stone.  Everyone left of course and Jesus said, “Now, go and sin no more” (John 8:11).  This verse is often taken out of context but Jesus was clear that this woman had sinned and commanded her to not sin any more.  Incidentally, why wasn’t the man brought along with this woman for he was also caught in the act of adultery.  What a double standard by these religious hypocrites.

John 13:1 “Now before the Feast of Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

What Jesus is saying at the very end of this verse is not that He loved them to the end of His life or up to the last hour of his physical life.  When He said that “he loved them to the end” He was really saying that He loved them to the uttermost, to the maximum or to the ultimate means possible.  So if you read what Jesus was really saying, this verse could have much more profound meaning; “when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own that were in the world, he loved them to the max.” What a difference that passage makes when we see what Jesus was actually saying.  If we don’t understand this, it is like Jesus only loved them until the end of His physical life.

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I love this.  If we are worried about tomorrow, we are borrowing trouble from tomorrow and paying interest on it ahead of time.  I heard a pastor once say that only about 17% of what believers worry about actually comes true.  What a waste of energy worrying is. What is the “therefore” there for?  It is because Jesus had been talking about our natural tendencies to worry about where our food, clothing and shelter would come from (Matt 6:25-28).  Jesus was rebuking them because they (and all of us) often worry about things in the future that never come to pass.

John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to hear, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’”

Jesus has conquered the grave. He declared victory over death.  He brings life to those who will die.  Even if we die, and 1 out of every 1 people does, we will live again if we have trusted in Christ.  This means “whoever.”  Jesus is not just talking to those who were listening or only to Martha whose brother Lazarus had died but to “whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall live again.”  This is not only good news…it is the best possible news.

Mark 2:17 “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus is a friend of sinners but He is opposed to the religious hypocrites (James 4:6).  Jesus said that he came to call the sinners and was rebuking the Pharisees because they said that Jesus was eating and drinking (associating) with them.  Jesus clearly said that it is the sick (sinners) who are in need of healing (Isaiah 53).  Those who think that they are already perfect (i.e. the Pharisees) don’t believe that they need forgiveness.  How wrong they were.

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

By saying this, Jesus declared all other religions invalid.  There is no other way to heaven by which men and women can be saved than through Jesus Christ, period (Acts 4:12)!  Jesus thus destroyed “universalism.”  Universalism is a belief that ultimately everyone will be saved or go to heaven.  Sadly, many Christians hold to this belief but they are badly deceived.  Jesus did not say that I am “a” way or “a” truth, or “a” life but He is the one and only way…THE way, not A way.  He is the one and only truth. He is the one and only way to eternal life.  Many people believe that there are many paths to God. Let me say that there are only two paths to God. One is through Jesus Christ and eternal life (John 3:16) and the other path is to eternal condemnation (John 3:18, Rev 20:11-15).  I strongly suggest the path that is through Jesus for no one will go to heaven where the Father is unless they go through the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12, 16:30-31).

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John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that they world might be saved though him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

This may be the most famous quote known, by believers and non-believers.  The love of God is no more vividly displayed to the saved and to the lost than on the cross by Jesus willingly giving His own life. This love is also displayed by the Father for it is the Father Himself that gives His Son Who died for the ungodly.  Believe in Him and you will not ever have an eternal death (John 3:16).  If you choose to not believe, you stand condemned already (John 3:18). This “whoever” shows that God has a passionate desire that no one should perish (2 Peter 3:9) and everyone has freewill to believe in Him. We can choose life or death (Duet 30:19). It is entirely up to us.

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This was a new commandment given by Christ.  We are to love one another.  In what way?  In the same way that Jesus loved us.  How did Jesus love us?  He willingly served us, He willingly died for us.  That is a hard love to live out.  It is a powerful witness tool for the lost because He said “”By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” When Christians attack other Christians over non-essentials like tongues, we damage the gospel message to unbelievers. I have heard non-believers say that “If that is Christianity, I want no part of it.”  Who could blame them?  Jesus said “By this all people will know” and this “all people” most certainly means unbelievers.

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

The word “blessed” literally means “to be made happy.”  So we can see that Jesus is saying “you will be made happy or joyful” when you are reviled, persecuted, and lies spoken about you because we name the name of Jesus.  This blessing is spoken of by Peter when he wrote that we should “not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”  Wow.  Did you catch that?  You receive the “Spirit of glory” which means we can glorify Christ in our sufferings and persecutions.  Peter said it shouldn’t surprise us.  The real surprise would be if we are never persecuted for Christ’s name sake.  If we are never persecuted for His sake, maybe we ought to see if we are a Christian or not. Many deny Christ by their silence and this should get the attention of those who think they are saved but really aren’t because someday Christ will deny them (Matt 10:33, 7:21-23).

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

This is another of the Beatitudes or some call The Sermon on the Mount.  Those who have a hunger for God’s righteousness will be satisfied someday.  That means that they will have the satisfaction of a hungry man eating a full meal.  They will be blessed because whoever has this thirst for righteousness can drink from the Living Water (John 7:37-39) and will never be thirsty again (John 4:13-14).  David described it in Psalms; “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God”  (Psalm 42:1).  I remember when I was very young and was on my first hunting trip we were hunting for deer and we saw a deer whose chest was heaving from exhaustion because hunters were trying to kill him.  This deer was drinking deeply from a creek bed. It appeared that he was dying of thirst. I believe this is the image David spoke of when he said that his soul panted after God.  For those who are desperately hungry and thirsty for the Word of God…indeed for God Himself, some great day they will be satisfied.


If you have read these quotes, maybe you can see how deeply satisfying God is.  For those who choose to believe in Christ, they await their eternal home of glory.  Jesus wants us to come to Him for eternal life and doesn’t want anyone to be lost. If you have no guarantee of eternal life right now, put your trust in the Lord and He will save you.  Today is your day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2) or it is your day of condemnation (John 3:18).  It is your choice.

Article by Pastor Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design

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  • Norman

    My favorite verse of the 10 you posted is John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” I like verses like “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22) The reason I like that verse is that it lets Christians know that genuine belief is repenting and obeying God and continuing fervently in their faith until the end. God bless.

    • Marc Tufano


    • DOUG

      I agree, John 4:16 is a super verse. But it’s a hard one for those outside of true Christianity to support, though. In a world that is preaching there are many paths to God, the idea of Jesus saying he is the only way is too much for them to believe. They’d rather believe Oprah than Jesus.

      • They seek a god that agrees with them. With itching ears. We all are guilty at some point. If we are to truly seek the LORD we will and must lay down our lives and pick up the cross and follow Him. Praise the Lord. The Holy Spirit will draw men to Himself.

    • Kit Walker

      Mainstream Christianity has always misunderstood and misinterpreted the Lord’s saying – ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’. And with good reason too, for it gave the Church, perpetual rights and authority over the common man’s salvation. Which organisation wouldn’t want that kind of power.

      What He meant was completely different and I don’t think mainstream Christianity is yet ready to understand or accept that truth. However for real seekers here’s a clue – Jesus DIDN’T refer to his person in the “I”. He meant an deeper “I” identified as Atman.

      So what is it going to be? A jump down the Rabbit hole or bad mouthing my blasphemy?

      • It is all about Jesus Christ Kit. I don’t fit down rabbit holes. I already know the truth. The church has no control on salvation. God can use anyone to do awesome things.

        • Kit Walker

          Hmmm. I do agree. It is about God and not Church. Now if by Jesus, you mean all the messengers who have come down to us for our salvation, we would be in full agreement. The only way business irritates me. Jesus is the right way, one of the many right ways.

      • Only God has rights over anyones salvation

  • adsfass

    you people are idiots. fuck you

    • Dylan Salazar

      Adsfass Jesus says to luv your enemies and do good unto them so have a good life AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Prashanth Kumar

      ……….Even Jesus Loves you dear….

  • Bob


  • Bob

    adsfass, if you were just going to insult people, why did you even come on this site?

  • Bri

    Fortunately, we are allowed to learn that Jesus is the Way after we die if we didn’t get it in this world.

  • Marc Tufano

    If the struggle is to look for truth in this sick world, become wise as to who you believe, because the rich are crooks & the poor are true.

  • I just want to add that in the story of Jesus and the adultress because it was clear that the men who were going to stone her were also her customers. Jesus did confront them by saying let he who has no sin (who hasn’t slept with her) cast the first stone. The men were cowards, however, because not only did they not admit their sin but they left the poor woman alone which is typical of many men nowadays. The gal is good for the sack but few want her after they are done. The woman was now alone with her sin and yet Christ forgave her. This has always been one of the most powerful passages in the Bible for me for it is clear that God can forgive anything.

  • tekin

    Just a correction; if only through Jesus we attain salvation, well Islam believes in jesus so he can not make it invalid for Muslims. Jesus never said my religion is Christianity it is the people who made it. So he only said the way is through me and he is one of the God’s messengers Muslims believe, so no, he didn’t at all made Islam invalid, quite opposite made it stronger indeed. Sad though.. The only thing Islam does not believe is him being son of God or actually, him being the God but that trilogy is another problem against Christianity. Quran mentions the miracle of his birth and death and Mary. There is nothing different on that.

    • YasirDuhham

      Holy Quran not only recognizes Jesus Christ , Moses, and all prophets of older times, it describes Mary as “the Lady/mistress of all women in the world “. Islam does not accept trinity since it is all about monotheism in the first place, it does not view trinity as a genuine component of Christianity like some might had understood it, but rather as an improvised add-on made by clerics and saints or Popes. All religions suffer add-on, including Islam too, human nature to add,delete,rephrase and manipulate priorities . As for the ” Divine family” concept, it goes 100% in contradiction with Surat Al Ikhlas , four very brief sentences denying any regeneration of the Deity, neither begotten nor giving birth to any.

    • Jesus says we must follow Him. We cannot believe without obedience and following Him. If we do we deceive ourselves. This verse and many like it echos throughout scripture. John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
      And Jesus being God is not a problem. It only is a problem for people who are not going to Heaven. Pray the LORD of Heaven will reveal the truth to you. If not then the choice is to continue walking in darkness… Jesus said He is the only Way. Not one of the ways. The only way. If Jesus is a Prophet to Muslims, then He cannot be a liar.

  • Nazareth Souvenir

    “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, they have no wine. And Jesus said to her, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2: 3-5)

  • Mikael Andersson

    The message is love brothers and sisters, if you lost that, then you have lost it al, no matter what religion <3 i belive in jesus but thats my whay, bless

  • In Jesus’s statement ‘I am the Way’ what does his use of the word ‘I’ refer to? What is that ‘I’? What do the words ‘way’ and ‘truth’ refer to?

    Jesus told a lot of stories in which the point of them was to confound the minds of his hearers, to get them to question their assumptions and their beliefs. In the confrontation between Jesus and the crowd of people making ready to stone a woman to death, he challenged the crowd with ‘Whoever among you is without sin cast the first stone.” No one could do it. This is how Jesus taught people to get beyond the superficial and to seek answers for themselves through looking at their lives in a different way. Jesus did not make anything easy for those who followed him. His questions and stories were intended to help people get beyond pat answers and assumptions and to become more compassionate and to realize their interconnections with other human beings.

    • Kit Walker

      The “I” he refereed to couldn’t have been of Jesus the person, it was about something much deeper. Could he have mean the Atman as the “I” of his statement? Because if he did, the statement would take on a much deeper meaning.

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  • john

    Pick and choose and then misinterpret. Shame on you for spinning Jesus’ words. Altho, these are quotes from men who knew somebody who knew somebody who knew Jesus 70 or more years later. No one needs an intermediary with God. He is in your heart. Be still, silent in open prayer and you shall directly know God.

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  • DOUG

    Your commentary on John 3:16 starts out good, but then you start adding your opinion by saying the verse says something that it doesn’t. You write: “If you choose not to believe, you stand condemned already”. (John 3:18) You added the words “if you choose” … when in fact John 3:18 does not say we choose; it simply says “if we believe”… nothing about choosing, nothing about having the free will to make the choice. Your description of the verse is adding your own spin to the scripture. You then go on to add more of your own opinion by saying ” the whoever shows that God has a passionate desire that none should perish”. No it doesn’t. It means exactly what it says. There is nothing about “free will choice” in using the word “whoever”. Whoever means whoever … it is simply a statement of fact, nothing more, nothing less …. and you cannot honestly stretch that word to mean that man has free will to choose Christ or reject him.

  • Srikanth Yangali

    Wow !! Wonderfull Quotes on Lord…

  • Brian Jett

    The pure of heart don’t fear seeing God; for only the pure of heart want to.

  • Brian Jett

    But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
    -1 John 2:27

  • Brian Jett

    Committed to everything and surrendered to nothing. The WORD is God.

  • JDSparks

    When Christians start acting as Christ — loving and accepting of all peoples — Christian preaching will show satisfaction to God. Otherwise, you are all hypocrites and righteous, and damned. Jesus said — Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you FALSELY ON MY ACCOUNT.”