Many people who claim to really and truly believe in Jesus Christ do not know what He really taught. The few who do find it hard to accept and others reject these truths altogether. Here, I’ll try and give a list of some of the “hard sayings” of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. “THOUGHTS FROM THE FOLLOWING OF CHRIST” puts it this way, “Jesus has now many lovers of His heavenly kingdom; but few bearers of His cross. He finds many companions at His table; but few at His fasts. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread; but few to the drinking of the chalice of His Passion.“
John 6:60-67 RSV
(60) Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
(61) But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?
(62) Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?
(63) It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
(64) But there are some of you that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him.
(65) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
(66) After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
(67) Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”
John 6:47-58 RSV
(47) Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
(48) I am the bread of life.
(49) Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
(50) This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.
(51) I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
(52) The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
(53) So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
(54) he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
(55) For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
(56) He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
(57) As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
(58) This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.”
John 3:1-10 RSV
(1) Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode’mus, a ruler of the Jews.
(2) This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”
(3) Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
(4) Nicode’mus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
(5) Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
(6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(7) Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’
(8) The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.”
(9) Nicode’mus said to him, “How can this be?”
(10) Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this?
Matthew 16:13-20 RSV
(13) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”
(14) And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
(15) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
(16) Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
(17) And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
(18) And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
(19) I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
(20) Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Matthew 7:13-24 RSV
(13) “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
(14) For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
(15) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
(16) You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
(17) So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.
(18) A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
(19) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(20) Thus you will know them by their fruits.
(21) “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
(22) On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
(23) And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’
(24) “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
John 20:19-30 RSV
(19) On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
(20) When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
(21) Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
(22) And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
(23) If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
(24) Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
(25) So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
(26) Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”
(27) Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”
(28) Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
(29) Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
(30) Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
Mark 10:17-25 RSV
(17) And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
(18) And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
(19) You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'”
(20) And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”
(21) And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
(22) At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
(23) And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
(24) And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
(25) It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 5:17-32 RSV
(17) “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
(18) For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
(19) Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(20) For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
(21) “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’
(22) But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.
(23) So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
(24) leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
(25) Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison;
(26) truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.
(27) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
(28) But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
(29) If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
(30) And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
(31) “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
(32) But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Luke 14:26-35 RSV
(26) “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
(27) Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
(28) For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
(29) Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
(30) saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’
(31) Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
(32) And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
(33) So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
(34) “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored?
(35) It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Matthew 6:19-26 RSV
(19) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal,
(20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(22) “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light;
(23) but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
(24) “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
(25) “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
(26) Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Mark 3:22-30 RSV
(22) And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Be-el’zebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”
(23) And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?
(24) If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
(25) And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
(26) And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
(27) But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house.
(28) “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
(29) but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” —
(30) for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Mark 4:3-13 RSV
(3) “Listen! A sower went out to sow.
(4) And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
(5) Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
(6) and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
(7) Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
(8) And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
(9) And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
(10) And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
(11) And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;
(12) so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.”
(13) And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?