Jesus Sermon Illustrations

Jesus Sermon Illustrations

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A Plain Question

Many years ago when Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate, he was walking one day with a friend in his garden talking on subjects of public interest of that time. The poet's friend was a believer in the Lord Jesus, and sought as opportunities offered to testify for Him. Pausing for a moment in their conversation, he took the poet by the arm and quietly asked, "What do you think of Jesus Christ?" Tennyson pointed to a flower blooming in all its beauty by the pathway and said, "As the sun is to that flower, so Jesus Christ is to me."—Gospel Herald.

A Description of Christ

During the public ministry of Jesus Christ upon the earth, the following description of His person was sent by Publius Lentulus, President of Judaea, to the Senate of Rome. It is from an ancient manuscript:

"There lives a man of singular character, whose name is Jesus Christ, in Jud2ea. The barbarians esteem Him as a prophet, but His own followers adore Him as the immediate offspring of the immortal God. He is endowed with such unparalleled virtue as to call the dead from their graves, and to heal every kind of disease with a word or touch. This Person is tall and elegantly shaped; His aspect is amiable and reverent; His hair flows into those beautiful shades which no united color can match, falling into graceful curves below His ears, agreeably couching upon His shoulders, and parting on His head like the head of a Nazarite. His forehead is smooth and large; His cheeks without either spot, save that of a lovely red; His nose is smooth and formed with exquisite symmetry; His beard is thick and of a color suitable to the hair of His head, reaching a little below the chin, and parted in the middle like a fork. He rebukes with majesty, commands with mildness, and invites with the most tender and persuasive language; His whole address, indeed or word being elegantly graceful and characteristic of so exalted a being. No man has ever seen Him laugh, but many have seen Him weep, and so persuasive are His tears that the multitude cannot withhold theirs from joining in sympathy with His. He is very temperate, modest and wise, and in short, whatever this phenomenon may turn out in the end, He seems at present from His excellent bearing and Divine perfection, in every way surpassing the children of men."—The Sword and the Trowel.

How He Shared Our Infirmities

He who is the Bread of Life began His ministry hungering. He who is the Water of Life ended His ministry thirsting. Christ hungered as man, and fed the hungry as God. He was weary, and yet He is our rest. He paid tribute, and yet He is the King. He was called a devil, and cast out devils.... He prayed, and yet He hears prayer. He wept, and He dries our tears. He was sold for thirty nieces of silver, and redeems the world. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and is the Good Shepherd. He died, and gave His life, and by dying destroys death.—The Christian.

What Jesus Is to These

To the artist He is the One Altogether Lovely.
To the architect He is the Chief Corner Stone.
To the baker He is the Living Bread.
To the banker He is the Hidden Treasure.
To the biologist He is the Life.
To the builder He is the Sure Foundation.
To the doctor He is the Great Physician.
To the educator He is the Great Teacher.
To the farmer He is the Lord of the Harvest.
To the florist He is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley.
To the geologist He is the Rock of Ages.
To the jurist He is the Righteous Judge, the Judge of all men.
To the jeweler He is the Pearl of Great Price.
To the lawyer He is the Counselor, the Lawgiver, the Advocate.
To the horticulturist He is the True Vine.
To the newspaper man He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy.
To the oculist He is the Light of the World.
To the philanthropist He is the unspeakable Gift.
To the philosopher He is the Wisdom of God.
To the preacher He is the Word of God.
To the sculptor He is the Living Stone.
To the servant He is the Good Master.
To the statesman He is the Desire of All Nations.
To the student He is the Incarnate Truth.
To the theologian He is the Author and Finisher of Our Faith.
To the traveler He is the New and Living Way.
To the toiler He is the Giver of Rest.
To the sinner He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.
To the Christian He is the Son of the Living God, the Saviour, the Redeemer and Lord.—Selected.

"What Manner of Man?"

When the first missionaries went to Japan, a young Japanese who wanted to learn English was given the Gospel of John to translate into his native tongue. In a short time he became very restless and agitated. At last he burst out with the question, "Who is this Man about whom I have been reading, this Jesus? You call him a man, but He must be God."Arnold's Commentary.

The Name That Comforts

About forty years ago a Mrs. L— was visiting a place in New Zealand called Kuripapanga. One day a cart drove up to the door of the accomodation house, being driven by a Maori woman who was taking an invalid son to the hospital some forty miles away. She had not gone far before she turned and drove quickly back to the house. The people found that her son had died and the woman was so overcome with grief that they could not prevail upon her to leave the body. Mrs. L— came in from a walk soon after and was told about the woman. She went up into the cart and almost at once the woman came down and went into the house and sat talking quietly for some time, and then got up and getting up into her cart took up the reins and drove off with her eyes dried and her face calm and restful. When asked how it was that she had been able to get the woman to come away from her son, Mrs. L— said that she had asked her, "Do you know Jesus?" The woman looked into her face and smiled and at once came away. It was the power of the Name comforting the woman's soul. And she came away to talk about that name and its sweetness. "In the name of Jesus."Sunday School Times.

What Christ Is to the World

  1. The world's Creator (John 1:1-3).

  2. The world's Example (Matt. 16:24).

  3. The world's Teacher (Matt. 7:28, 29).

  4. The world's Master (John 13:13).

  5. The world's Saviour (Luke 19:10).

  6. The world's Lord (Rom. 10:12).

  7. The world's King (Rev. 11:15).

  8. The world's Light (John 8:12).

  9. The world's Life (John 14).

  10. The world's Love (John 3:16).—Selected.

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