Everyday sayings of Jesus

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The prodigal returns



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This little sarcastic phrase is often used when someone turns up after being away too long. If you’ve just come back to work after an extra long lunch break, or a lengthy, envy-inducing holiday, you might be greeted by your boss with, “The prodigal returns!”

The prodigal son features in one of the most famous parables of Jesus. He’s called “prodigal” (an old English word for someone who is a waster, a reckless and irresponsible person) because he squanders the inheritance given him by his father. Here’s the opening of the parable…

Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, “Give me my share of the property.” So the father divided his property between his two sons. Not long after that, the younger son packed up everything he owned and left for a foreign country, where he wasted all his money in wild living.
Luke 15:11-13 (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 Casting your pearls before swine

arrow Coming back from the dead

arrow Counting the cost

arrow A crown of thorns

arrow A den of thieves

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!

arrow Killing the fatted calf

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

arrow Moving mountains

arrow On the straight and narrow

arrow The prodigal returns

arrow The salt of the earth

arrow Separating the sheep from the goats

arrow Sweating blood

arrow Thirty pieces of silver

arrow Turning the other cheek

arrow Until kingdom come

arrow A wolf in sheep's clothing

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