Everyday sayings of Jesus

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Killing the fatted calf



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If you’re having a party and say that you’re going to “kill the fatted calf”, it’s the same as saying that no expense is being spared.

The phrase goes back to a parable of Jesus, where a wayward son comes home after a long time away, and his father is so overjoyed to have him back that he throws a lavish party, fatted calf and all. It seems that killing the fatted calf was the first-century equivalent of cracking open the bubbly…

The father said to his servants, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
Luke 15:22-24 (click here for the full story)

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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.

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arrow The blind leading the blind

arrow Casting your pearls before swine

arrow Coming back from the dead

arrow Counting the cost

arrow A crown of thorns

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arrow Do to others as you would have them do to you

arrow Doubting Thomas

arrow Falling on stony ground

arrow Going the extra mile

arrow A good samaritan

arrow Having a cross to bear

arrow Hiding your light under a bushel

arrow Jesus wept!

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arrow The kiss of Judas

arrow Left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing

arrow Man cannot live by bread alone

arrow A millstone around your neck

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arrow The prodigal returns

arrow The salt of the earth

arrow Separating the sheep from the goats

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