How did ordinary people respond to Jesus prior to the cross?


We know that religious leaders did not respond well to the miracles and words of Jesus. They were angry because Christ identified Himself as the Son of God which meant He was equal to God. They were fearful that He would take away their power in the synagogue and they were jealous of His power and popularity.

But the ordinary people – now that is another story. Here are a few of the recorded quotes of ordinary people speaking of Jesus. 

These quotes, taken from the four Gospels, do not include the many scriptures that tell of His resurrection, ascension, and future reign. These are the impressions of people prior to knowing that He would die on a cross. These observations were made before people knew His dying words would be, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” These people did not understand that He would be resurrected. They only knew that Someone extraordinary was in their midst.

  • “How is it that this man has learning when he has never studied?”

  • “No one ever spoke like this man!”

  • “Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.”

  • “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.”

  • If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him…”

  • “… Look, the world has gone after him.”

  • “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

  • “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

  • “We never saw anything like this!”

  • “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

  • “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did.”

  • “We have found the Messiah” (which is, being interpreted, “the Christ”).

  • “Truly this man was the Son of God!

It is worth adding here that in the original manuscript translators added a word to John 8:24 with the intention of clarifying the text. It was the word ‘He.’

And He was saying to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am (He), you will die in your sins. John 8:23-24

The people must have heard Jesus say, ‘for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.’


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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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3 Responses to How did ordinary people respond to Jesus prior to the cross?

  1. zzzisle says:

    “good man” or “great teacher” is not part of the list

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    • jlue says:

      Hello zzzisle,
      You are right. The people did not perceive Jesus as a ‘great teacher’ or ‘good man’ but rather as an awesome phenomenon.

      I tried to find direct quotes that show the impact that His teaching and life had on the people. There were some who called Him a good man as in: John 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man… It isn’t a direct quote, however. In John chapter 3, there is a direct quote I didn’t include. It was by a Pharisee who later became a follower: “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”

      There is the ‘rich, young ruler’ who called Jesus, ‘good’. This brought the response from Him that there is only One who is good, that is God. Jesus is good because He is God. 🙂


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