Girls, I know it’s unfortunate, but the Bible is one of the most often misquoted pieces of literature. Jesus Himself is often either misquoted or has things attributed to Him that He never said!
Today, we’re going to look at three things Jesus never said…and what He actually did say!
- “Go therefore and make converts”
To convert someone simply means to convince or win someone over with your argument. It means that you’ve brought someone around to your way of thinking. That’s fine, but it isn’t what Jesus commanded us to do.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20a, NASB).
Jesus said to “make disciples,” not converts. A disciple is a wholly devoted follower or student of someone–in this case, Jesus. He doesn’t just want us to get people to agree with our way of thinking; He wants us to teach people to fall in love with Him!
- “Here’s how you can get to heaven”
If you read through the Gospels, you’ll notice that Jesus rarely talked about what would happen after we die. The majority of Jesus’ teachings talk about how we’re supposed to live.
Many people interpret Jesus talking about the Kingdom of God as meaning the heaven where a saved person goes when they die, but that doesn’t seem to fit with Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6.
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’” (Matthew 6:9-10, NASB).
Jesus seems to indicate here that heaven is the dwelling place of God where God’s will is always carried out. He tells us to pray that the earth would be transformed into a place where God’s will is always carried out, just like it is in heaven.
In addition, the book of Revelation (chapters 21 & 22) tells us that God will make a new heaven and a new earth where Jesus will rule with the saints (believers) after the events of the end times.
Jesus did say,
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25-26, NASB).
What we refer to as “heaven” isn’t a mysterious place in the clouds; it’s the new earth God will create where we will rule with Jesus for eternity!
- “Follow Me and your life will be perfect”
Anyone who’s been a Christian for more than a day knows that this statement simply isn’t true! If anything, it sometimes feels as though life gets more difficult once we decide to follow Jesus. Satan works extra hard to try and make us turn from God.
Jesus never tells anyone that by following Him their lives will suddenly turn perfect; here’s what He does say about following Him:
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23, Mark 8:34).
“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
“The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58).
Do any of those verses sound like following Jesus will make your life perfect?
Yes, Jesus said that His burden is easy and His yoke is light, but they’re still a burden and a yoke. Taking up your cross means being ready to be crucified and to crucify your own human desires.
Jesus never said following Him would give us perfect lives, but I think eternity with Him is worth it, don’t you?
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17)
Girls, have you ever heard someone misquote Jesus?
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