As Christians, the story and teachings of Jesus Christ are central to our faith and, indeed our lives and ultimate destinies.
But it’s all too easy to get distracted by the slings and arrows of daily life, and to lose our focus on god’s gift to us — the sacrifice of his one and only son to offer us a path to eternal salvation.
The good news here is that it’s easy to find help in finding our center again, and staying there.
After all, the entire Bible is devoted to laying the ground work for the Messiah’s coming, and the New Testament is devoted entirely to Jesus and his teachings.
Here are just 28 of among the many hundreds of Bible verses that can help you focus on Jesus.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.
And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
2 Timothy 2:1
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.
And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
2 Corinthians 1:5
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
1 John 2:23
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
1 John 2:24
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
1 John 5:20
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
1 Timothy 1:16
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.