Teachings of Jesus In The New TestamentJesus started preaching in the court of the temple in Jerusalem when He was only 12 years old. Needless to say, He preached some incredible life lessons through direct speech and parables. The lessons He taught were not only relevant for life then, but they are also relevant for the struggles we face today.
The Great Commission
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus says, ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’
The Great Commission is known as the command to go and teach the gospel to the world. This wasn’t a suggestion that Jesus felt like saying, it was a command. We are supposed to share the gospel with everyone, in order for them to have the opportunity to be saved as well. Jesus was made flesh so that everyone could be saved, not just those who encountered Him firsthand.
Without Jesus and the disciples traveling, most people back then wouldn’t have heard the word of God. Now Jesus needs us to do the same thing. We must become vessels full of the Holy Spirit and His word and teach those who wouldn’t normally hear the gospel. This is our purpose and everything we were created for. Help someone make a positive change in their lives by pointing them in the right direction today!
John 8:1-11 is a story about a woman being caught in the act with another man and was hauled into the temple. The law of Moses required that women who commit adultery must be stoned to death.
In order to test Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for His opinion. Jesus replied in a beautiful way and told the men "let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
With this statement, Jesus convicted the hearts of every man gathered around. They had all sinned, because they were human and living in a fallen world. This is such an important lesson not to judge others. When the thoughts of judging someone else based on actions or looks, remember that we are not the final judge. Our opinion of their lives do not matter and hold no power. Instead, we should uplift people and help lead them to Jesus.
The Prodigal Son
Luke 15:11-32 is a parable about a son who leaves home and squanders his inheritance. The son becomes ashamed of his actions and the way he lived once he had nothing left. He decides to go back to his father and ask to be a servant, no longer feeling worthy enough to even be called a son. Instead, the father welcomes him with open arms and throws a party for his formerly lost son.
This is how Jesus greets us. He welcomes us home with open arms, no matter our past. Our past is irrelevant and forgotten in His eyes, because we are His children. Nothing can separate us from His love and there is no place that His love can’t follow us. We are always capable of turning back to God as long as we don’t let our own shame stop us.
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