Quotes About Jesus From The Fathers Of The Church
1. Jesus, the human and the divine – Gregory of Nazianzen
“Our humanity was joined to and made one with God in order that I too might be made God as truly as He is made human:He was born , but He had been begotten eternally.
He was born of a woman , but she was a Virgin…
He was baptised as a human, but He took away sins as God .
He was tempted as a human, but He conquered as God — indeed,
He bids us take courage, for He has conquered the world.
He hungered, but He fed thousands, indeed, He is the living Bread from heaven.
He thirsted, but He cried, Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink , yes, and He promised that fountains should flow from those who believe.
He was wearied, but He is the rest of those who are weary and carrying heavy burdens.
He was heavy with sleep, but He walked lightly over the sea , indeed, He rebuked the winds and made Peter light as he began to sink.
He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, but He shed the swathing shroud of the grave by His rising again.
He was laid in a manger but He was glorified by angels, and proclaimed by a star, and worshipped by magi.
He prays, but He hears prayer.
He weeps, but He causes tears to cease.
Like a lamb He is led to the slaughter, but He is the shepherd of Israel , and now of the whole world also.
He is bruised and wounded, but He cures every disease and every sickness.
He is lifted up on the tree and nailed there, but He restores us by the tree of life
He dies, but He gives life and by His death He abolishes death.”
Gregory of Nazianzen, Theological Oration 3.
2. Jesus the physician of flesh and spirit – Ignatius of Antioch
“There is only one physician, who is both flesh and spirit, born and unborn, God in man, true life in death, both from Mary and from God, first subject to suffering and then beyond it, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Ignatius – Bishop of Antioch, Letter to the Ephesians, 7.2.
3. Jesus suffered for us – Ignatius of Antioch
“Wait expectantly for the one who is above time: the Eternal, the Invisible, who for our sake became visible; the Intangible, the Unsuffering, who for our sake suffered, who for our sake endured in every way.”
Ignatius – Bishop of Antioch, Letter to Polycarp, 3.2.
4. Jesus – the most manifest Diety – Clement of Alexandria
“For it was not without divine care that so great a work was accomplished in so brief a space by the Lord, who, though despised as to appearance, was in reality adored, the expiator of sin, the Savior, the clement, the Divine Word, He that is truly most manifest Deity, He that is made equal to the Lord of the universe; because He was His Son, and the Word was in God.”
Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Heathen, 10.