Christ’s Example

It's All About JesusI’ve always loved to read and think and talk about Jesus. As a very young Christian I bought a book of quotations about every aspect of the Christian life, and I pored over it again and again. My favorite quotes were those about Jesus Himself, and also about His work in the lives of His followers. Several years ago I decided I wanted to compile the best of the best quotations about Jesus I could locate—both in great books and online (triple-checking for accuracy, which is imperative when using the Internet). The result is It’s All About Jesus: A Treasury of Insights on Our Savior, Lord, and Friend

Hope you enjoy this small sample from part two of the book, “The Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, Return, and Reign of Jesus.”

Christ’s Example

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: ‘Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.’”  Luke 11:1-4 NLT

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God… knelt down and washed the apostles’ feet.  John 13:3 ESV

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Ephesians 5:1 NLT

Our Lord lived his life… to give the normal standard for our lives. Oswald Chambers

Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardour of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old.  Fyodor Dostoevsky

Jesus was not a whisperer. No one ever saw Him close to His neighbor’s ear, looking stealthily around lest some one should overhear what He was going to say. He stood upright, looked men squarely and kindly in the eye, and spoke what He had to say right out, boldly, frankly, that the whole world might hear; and when He did speak privately to His disciples, He told them to shout it from the housetops.  Samuel Logan Brengle

Sometimes I wonder how Jesus would have fared in this day of mass media and high-tech ministry. I can’t picture him worrying about the details of running a large organization. I can’t see him letting some make-up artist improve his looks before a TV appearance. And I have a hard time imagining the fund-raising letters Jesus might write.  Philip Yancey

Jesus… did not attain a state of perfection by carrying around in his pocket a list of rules and regulations, or by seeking to conform to the cultural mores of his time. He was perfect because he never made a move without his Father.  Thomas Skinner

Hang that question up in your houses, “What would Jesus do?” and then think of another, “How would Jesus do it?” for what he would do, and how he would do it, may always stand as the best guide to us.  Charles Spurgeon

To become Christlike is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for.  Henry Drummond

Have a great aim—have a high standard—make Jesus your ideal… Make him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed.  Eric Liddell

Stop tinkering with your soul and look away to the perfect One.  A.W. Tozer

Whatever you fix your eyes on is what you will encourage; fix your eyes on Jesus.  Mark Parker

In the Christian life our primary teacher in the way of happiness is Christ. He is our mentor; we are his disciples. And it is by observing him, listening to him, learning from him, following his teachings, and imitating his example that we grow in happiness.  Paul J. Wadell

We must imitate Christ’s life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do, then, to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ.  Thomas à Kempis

The character of Jesus is immensely attractive. It embodies all that we ourselves would, in our best moments, like to be.  Michael Green

As God’s only Son, Jesus came to Earth and gave His life so that we may live. His actions and His words remind us that service to others is central to our lives and that sacrifice and unconditional love must guide us and inspire us to lead lives of compassion, mercy, and justice.  George W. Bush

It would be well if there were as great a similarity between the life of Christ and the life of Christians, as there is between a just copy and the original. What He was by nature, we should be by grace.  William Secker

If Jesus Christ the Lord of glory was willing to be obedient unto death, how much more should sinners saved by grace who owe everything to God give back to the God who saved them the life which He has redeemed.  John F. Walvoord

It’s All About Jesus is available in print from retailers, including EPM’s online store. It’s also available on Kindle.

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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries