27 Tweets from Jesus

I get frustrated when people say social media (and Twitter in particular) is shallow.

I get especially frustrated when my well-intentioned Christian friends say this. Because we use incredibly short phrases that are really profound. Sometimes they serve as shorthand for longer passages in the Bible. Sometimes they stand up just fine on their own.

Jesus is highly tweetable. (Click here to tweet this.)

Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 8.35.16 AMIf you think 140 characters is too short to say anything significant, I challenge you to consider the following bits of wisdom. Deep enough for you?

You shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No” be “No.” Matthew 5:37

Turn the other cheek. Matthew 5:39

Love your enemies. Matthew 5:44 (Click to tweet this.)

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… Matthew 6:19

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

First take the plank out of your own eye… Matthew 7:5

Ask and it will be given to you. Matthew 7:7

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Matthew 7:12

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Matthew 8:36 (Click to tweet this.)

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Matthew 9:12

The harvest is plentiful is plentiful but the workers are few. Matthew 9:37

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10:28

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (Click to tweet this.)

Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. Matthew 13:44

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24

Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matthew 16:25

It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:23

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me. Matthew 24:40

And one last one…

In Matthew 24:35, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but Jesus’ words will never pass away.” I think that may apply even if they’re less than 140 characters. (Click to tweet this.)

What do you think are the most tweetable quotes from Jesus? From the rest of the Bible? What about from another world religion? Comment here or on Twitter using #tweetablejesus. 

 

  • http://perichoretictheosis.wordpress.com Michael Thompson

    Good list! Surprised you didn’t include, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

  • acjeske

    Good point, Michael. Tweet it!

  • http://hsuva.wordpress.com Greg

    Awesome list, Adam! #idtweetthat

  • http://www.beforethecross.com Mike Mobley

    Great post! I’d like to add 1 John 4:19 – We love because He first loved us.

  • jon

    Good thoughts. Do you think these Jesus tweets carry more meaning than 140 characters because we know the context? What might one think of these tweets if they had no context to think of them in? Jesus did not speak these verses in isolation.

    • acjeske

      Yes, Jon, I think that a lot of these carry additional weight and clarity within their context. However, I think several of them are absolute in isolation, as well. I think we often want to hide from demanding, clear, and simple commands.

  • jon

    Agreed. Thanks for the post!

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