Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books Holiday Edition #22: Just Jesus Part 2

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Holiday Edition episode #22. Today we are reading the book “Just JESUS: The Greatest Things Ever Said About the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” by Daniel Whyte III.


Who is Jesus?
Jesus Christ himself asked the question, “Who do men say that I am?” In this section, are some of those answers.

The dying Jesus is the evidence of God’s anger toward sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God’s love and forgiveness. —Lorenz Eifert

The Christian faith is firmly rooted in the incarnation, in the conviction that, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” To believe in Christ is to believe that God has come to earth to dwell with men…In Jesus, we meet the living God. Jesus is more than a religious genius or a holy man or a spiritual pioneer. To believe in Christ is to believe that the living God has come. —Earle W. Crawford

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. —Blaise Pascal
The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ. —Oswald Chambers A Scottish Protestant minister

I know men, and I tell you that Jesus is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions, that resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and other religions, the distance of infinity. —Napoleon Bonaparte

Jesus is the most perfect of all men that have yet appeared. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

His parentage was obscure; His condition poor; His education null; His natural endowments great; His life correct and innocent; He was meek, benevolent, patient, firm, disinterested, and of the sublimest eloquence. —Thomas Jefferson

Today the greatest single deterrent to knowledge of Jesus is His familiarity. Because we think we know Him, we pass Him by. —Winifred Kirkland

Jesus was the greatest religious genius that ever lived. His beauty is eternal, and His reign shall never end. Jesus is in every respect unique, and nothing can be compared with Him. —Joseph Ernest Renan

Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth Who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet—a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine. —Frederick William Robertson

You should point to the whole man Jesus and say, “That is God.” —Martin Luther

The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth. It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul. —Angelus Silesius

What the sun is to the flower, so Jesus is to me. —Tennyson

When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ. —Ambrose

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. —C.S. Lewis British writer, professor and Christian apologist

It is a very good thing that you read the Bible… The Bible is Christ, for the Old Testament leads up to this culminating point…Christ alone —Vincent van Gogh

The tomb of Jesus is empty. Jesus himself is still alive and can be encountered today. This belief is right at the heart of the Christian faith and it’s why the Bible and Christians talk about “Jesus is…” rather than “Jesus was…” —Selected

Death may be the King of terrors…but Jesus is the King of Kings! —Dwight L. Moody

The purpose of “I Am the Way” is to help people solve their problems. Unlike modern operas, “I Am the Way” is based on music that resolves, because Jesus is the Resolver. Jesus is the solution to all our problems. —Jerome Hines

The crucified Jesus is the only accurate picture of God the world has ever seen. —John Austin Baker

Jesus Christ, as he is attested to us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God whom we have to hear, and whom we have to trust and obey in life and in death. —Karl Barth

Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice; He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape; He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live; He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross, with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul; and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom. —John Bunyan

In many ways, Jesus was like a street person. He had no home and no net worth. Yet He has changed lives and the course of history more than any other man. Therefore I continued to study the Bible not to learn about a religion but to learn about Jesus Christ. Throughout the New Testament, Christ claims that He is God, not a prophet or a good moral teacher. No other man of credibility has ever made that claim. If, in fact He was God on earth, I had to deal with it. —Kevin Jenkins

It was this same Jesus, the Christ who, among many other remarkable things, said and repeated something which, proceeding from any other being would have condemned him at once as either a bloated egotist or a dangerously unbalanced person…when He said He himself would rise again from the dead, the third day after He was crucified, He said something that only a fool would dare say, if he expected longer the devotion of any disciples—unless He was sure He was going to rise. No founder of any world religion known to men ever dared say a thing like that! —Wilbur Smith

Jesus was perfect. He never sinned. He came to this earth to die for us all. By suffering and dying on the cross, He took the sins of the world on Himself. —Sonny Arguinzoni

In the best sense of the word, Jesus was a radical… His religion has been so long identified with conservatism—often with conservatism of the obstinate and unyielding sort—that it is almost startling for us sometimes to remember that all of the conservatism of His own times was against Him; that it was the young, free, restless, sanguine, progressive part of the people who flocked to Him. —Phillips Brooks

As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet. —Kenneth Scott Latourette

Christ is the greatest philosopher: He changed my heart. —George W. Bush 43rd U.S. President

He was born in a stable, in an obscure village, the Child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter’s shop until He was thirty. From there He travelled less than two hundred miles. He never wrote a book. He never held office. He never had a family or owned a home. He did none of the things one associates with greatness. He became a nomadic preacher. He was only thirty-three when the tide of popular opinion turned against him. He was betrayed by a close friend, and his other friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was unjustly condemned to death, crucified on a cross between two thieves, on a hill overlooking the town dump. And when dead, was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned have not affected the life of man on this earth as that One Solitary Life. —James C. Hefley

Jesus Christ is God’s everything for man’s total need. —Richard Halverson

Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He played beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause. —M.B.E.

Jesus Christ was an extremist for love, truth and goodness. —Martin Luther King Jr. Baptist preacher and Civil Rights leader

He is the central figure of the human race. He is the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. —Phillips Brooks

If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If He is not true man, how could He help us? —Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and martyr

Who can deny that Jesus of Nazareth, the incarnate Son of the Most High God, is the eternal glory of the Jewish race? —Benjamin Disraeli

Jesus is the only ticket to heaven. —Lon Solomon American pastor Commander-in-chief of the Celestial Army, King of Zion, Eternal Emperor, Pontifex Maximus of the Christian Church, Archbishop of all Souls, Elector of Truth, Archduke of Glory, Duke of Life, Prince of Peace, Defender of the Gates of Hell, Conqueror of Death, Hereditary Lord of all Nations, Lord of Justice, and Head of the Sacred Council of the Heavenly Father—Jesus. —Anonymous

If the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal itself, so Christ is the express image—the perfect representation of God. —St. Ambrose

Jesus Christ is the outstanding personality of all time…No other teacher—Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Mohammedan—is still teacher whose teaching is such a guidepost for the world we live in. Other teachers may have something basic for an Oriental, an Arab, or an Occidental; but every act and word of Jesus has value for all of us. He became the Light of the World. Why shouldn’t I, a Jew, be proud of that? —Sholem Asch

Christ is the great hidden mystery, the blessed goal, the purpose for which everything was created. —St. Maximus the Confessor

Now the Scriptures would not have testified these things of Him, if, like others, He had been a mere man. —Saint Irenaeus

Although Christ was God, he took flesh; and having been made man, he remained what he was, God. —Origen

The person of Christ is to me the greatest and surest of all facts. —Philip Schaff

Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again. —George Whitefield

Jesus knows our world. He does not disdain us like the God of Aristotle. We can speak to Him and He answers us. Although He is a person like ourselves, He is God and transcends all things. —Alexis Carrel Nobel prize-winning surgeon and biologist

It is not only impossible, but also useless to recognize God without Jesus. —Blaise Pascal

There was no identity crisis in the life of Jesus Christ. He knew who He was. He knew where He had come from, and why He was here. And He knew where He was going. And when you are that liberated, then you can serve. —Howard Hendricks

Jesus Christ: The meeting place of eternity and time, the blending of deity and humanity, the junction of heaven and earth. —Anonymous
Jesus—an unsurpassed master of the art of laying bare the inmost core of spiritual truth. —Geza Vermes

Take from the Bible the Godship of Christ, and it would be but a heap of dust. —Henry Ward Beecher

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw or is likely to see. —Benjamin Franklin

The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious. —Thomas Carlyle
Socrates died like a philosopher; Jesus Christ died like a God. —Jean Jacques Rousseau

In Jesus, God wills to be true God not only in the height but also in the depth—in the depth of human creatureliness, sinfulness and mortality. —Karl Barth Swiss Reformed theologian

It is as if God the Father is saying to us: “Since I have told you everything in My Word, Who is My Son, I have no other words that can at present say anything or reveal anything to you beyond this. Fix your eyes on Him alone, for in Him I have told you all, revealed all, and in Him you will find more than you desire or ask. If you fix your eyes on Him, you will find everything, for He is My whole word and My reply, He is My whole vision and My whole revelation. —Anthony M. Coniaris

Have you ever seen one of those paintings of Jesus where He is depicted as a tall lean blond man lounging in a field in a white robe holding a bunch of lambs? Who paints those things? This is not the image of our God as depicted in His word. Jesus was a rough and burly man. Full of fire and passion. A warrior when it came to doing battle against those who offended the sacred things of the Father. Yet, in a moment, able to touch a young child with hands of gentleness. To us the warrior is just as critical as the gentle shepherd. By His holy passion for righteousness we are continually moved on to perfection. By His gentle love we are continually comforted in our lessons of life. Let us never lose sight of the God who is a fierce warrior. —from Daily Glory Devotions

I believe there is no one deeper, lovelier, more sympathetic and more perfect than Jesus—not only is there no one else like him, there never could be anyone like him. —Fyodor Dostoevsky

There Jesus is, in the temple again, causing trouble. Speaking very different from other preachers. Speaking with authority about sorrow, anxiety, sickness, and death. Penetrating the dark corners of human existence. Shattering illusion. —Martin Bell

I have always been impressed by the fact that God is happy—and that this ineffable and continuous joy lived in the soul of Christ. Joy is for me a transport, a state of drunkenness in the ‘maddest’ sense of the term. —Olivier Messiaen French composer, organist and ornithologist

You cannot go outside of A and Z in the realm of literature; likewise Christ Jesus is First and Last of God’s new creation, and all that is in between; you cannot get outside of that. —T. Austin-Sparks

Christ is in all His redeemed, as the soul of their soul, the life of their life. He is the pitying heart and the helping hand of God with every needy, praying spirit in the world. He is the sweet light of the knowledge of God that breaks in upon every penitent heart. He is not only with those who believe in Him and love Him, but also with those who neither believe in Him nor love Him, that He may be to them also Jesus their Saviour. The Christ of God is in thy heart, waiting and aiming to get the consent of thy will, that He may save thee. Wherever man is, there also is Christ, endeavoring to free him from the law of sin and death, by becoming Himself the law of the spirit of his life. —John Pulsford

Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion. —Ernest Renan
Nothing is more clear than that Christ cannot be explained by any humanistic system. He does not fit

Nothing is more clear than that Christ cannot be explained by any humanistic system. He does not fit into any theory of natural evolution, for in that case the perfect flower of humanity should have appeared at the end of human history and not in the middle of it. —Loraine Boettner

If ever the Divine appeared on earth, it was in the person of Christ. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Christ is a jewel worth more than a thousand worlds, as all know who have Him. Get Him, and get all; miss Him and miss all. —Thomas Brooks


Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.

Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

May God bless you until next time.