Zingcreed is celebrating its pithy new motto Just Jesus, No God! with a series of short posts: a picture here, a quote there. This is number 26; it is a summary of post 493 What Jesus said in the oral tradition. 53 sayings of Jesus are common both to the gospel of Thomas and the Q gospel and are considered by scholars (who know a lot more about the subject than I ever will) to be the oral tradition of Jesus. His core message, the authentic gold nuggets of his teaching. Click on the link to see them all; I’ve just listed a few here as a ‘taster’.
There are no surprises here, except the things he is not recorded as having said (like being the son of God and coming to save us from our sins). Perhaps they were written into the record at a later date by well-meaning scribes who thought he should have said that.
JESUS’ AUTHENTIC GOLD NUGGETS
Seek and you will find,
The kingdom of God is in the midst of you.
The last will be first and the first will be last,
There is nothing hidden that will not be made known.
Treat people as you want them to treat you.
I have come to sow fire upon the earth.
Wherever people take you in, eat what they set before you and care for the sick there.
I have not come to sow peace but a sword.
The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed….
Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t see the plank in your own?
No one lights a lamp and hides it.
Can the blind lead the blind?
Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will wear.
No good tree bears rotten fruit.
Are figs gathered from thorns or grapes from brambles?
You cannot serve both God and riches.
Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Blessed are ..the persecuted…the hungry.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures upon earth.
Foxes have dens and birds have nests but a person has nowhere to lay his head.
Patterson, S. “The Lost Way” HarperOne (2014) p. 215