Several semesters ago I taught a class on “The Words of Jesus of Nazareth.” The following are a couple of great quotes I wish I would have had when I taught the class.
“His words were so completely parts and utterances of Himself, that they had no meaning as abstract statements of truth uttered by Him as a Divine oracle or prophet. Take away Himself as the primary (though not the ultimate) subject of every statement and they all fall to pieces.” (F.J.A. Hort)
“It is not his teachings which make Jesus so remarkable, although these would be enough to give him distinction. It is a combination of the teachings with the man himself. The two cannot be separated…. It must be obvious to any thoughtful reader of the Gospel records that Jesus regarded himself and his message as inseparable. he was a great teacher, but he was more. his teachings about the kingdom of God, about human conduct, and about God were important, but they could not be divorced from him without, from his standpoint, being vitiated.” (Kenneth Scott Latourette)