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come-to-Jesus meeting

1. A spiritual meeting in which participants are encouraged to repent their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their savior. I've told her that I am an avid atheist, but she still insists on me attending one of her come-to-Jesus meetings.
2. Any meeting in which a frank, often unpleasant, conversation is held so as to bring to light and/or resolve some issue at hand. Boys, we're going to have a come-to-Jesus meeting about the drugs I found in the house, and if no one tells me the truth, then you're both going to get a whooping. The boss called us in for a real come-to-Jesus meeting about our sales for this quarter.
See also: meeting

come-to-Jesus moment

1. A moment when one chooses to accept Jesus Christ as one's savior and follow the Christian faith. I had something of a come-to-Jesus moment after my car crash last month.
2. A moment of epiphany, enlightenment, or intuition regarding the truth of a matter. I had something of a come-to-Jesus moment after college when I realized that I wanted to be an editor for a living.
3. A point in time in which fundamental priorities and/or beliefs are challenged, reassessed, or reaffirmed. After waking up in the hospital from a drug overdose, I had a frightening come-to-Jesus moment about what I was doing with my life. The political party needs to have a real come-to-Jesus moment and decide who they are and what they stand for as a whole.
4. Any moment or meeting in which a frank, often unpleasant, conversation is held so as to bring to light and/or resolve some issue at hand. Boys, we're going to have a come-to-Jesus moment about the drugs I found in the house, and if no one tells me the truth then you're both going to get a whooping. The boss called us in for a real come-to-Jesus moment about our sales for this quarter.
See also: moment

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

An exclamation of shock, surprise, or exasperation. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Don't sneak up on me like that—you scared me half to death! I mean, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Does my boss expect me to be on the clock 24 hours a day?
See also: and

make (the) baby Jesus cry

To be offensive, immoral, unethical, in poor taste, etc., as might cause or provoke the displeasure or disapproval of Jesus Christ. I try not to use vulgar language, as my mother told me at a young age that it makes baby Jesus cry. You're making the baby Jesus cry every time you lie to your parents!
See also: baby, cry, Jesus, make

sweet Jesus!

An exclamation of alarm, amazement, or exasperation. (Could be considered blasphemous to some.) Sweet Jesus, I thought that car was going to hit me! Oh, sweet Jesus, could you work any slower?
See also: sweet

come to Jesus

1. Literally, to accept Jesus Christ as one's savior. An inspirational homily sparked my come to Jesus moment, and I've been a Christian ever since.
2. A phrase used to describe a persuasive conversation aimed at getting the listener to change (and, often, to stop doing something negative or self-destructive). When my parents found out that Jack was doing drugs, they sat him down for a come to Jesus talk, in the hopes that they could get him to agree to rehab. After months of poor performance, the boss is calling Janet in for a come to Jesus meeting.
See also: come, Jesus

what would Jesus do

A reminder to act as Jesus Christ would. It is sometimes abbreviated as "WWJD." Whenever you're faced with temptation, just think: what would Jesus do? Don't exclude the new kids. Come on, what would Jesus do?
See also: Jesus, what

Jesus boots

n. sandals. (Use caution with Jesus in profane senses.) Jesus boots are okay in the summer.
See also: boot, Jesus
References in classic literature ?
She had a terrified sense that God, whom she had always thought of as very far off, was very near to her, and that Jesus was close by looking at her, though she could not see him.
And Jesus, who stands ready to help you now, won't help you then; because you won't have him to be your Saviour, he will be your judge.
Dear friends, come and take this blessedness; it is offered to you; it is the good news that Jesus came to preach to the poor.
And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did believed on Him.
If that poor Atkins begins but once to talk seriously of Jesus Christ to his wife, he will assuredly talk himself into a thorough convert, make himself a penitent, and who knows what may follow.
Docetism was the teaching that Jesus was not really human, but only appeared to be so.
We who preach the Word, wash the feet, strip the altar, adore the cross, light the new fire, splash the water, eat the bread and drink the cup, we want nothing more than that Jesus will not be hidden from us.
In Part Two, Hendricks puts forth seven political strategies that Jesus used, including "Give Voice to the Voiceless" and "Don't Just Explain the Alternative, Show It.
John Howard Yoder, the Christian pacifist theologian, whose seminal writings on pacifism locate the rejection of violence in the narrative of Jesus of Nazareth, could say that the Jewish-Christian schism "did not have to be.
Next, guests experience the Sermon on the Mount as Jesus preaches to his followers and teaches them how to live a holy life.
The editors in several places quote the words of Jesus as taken from the translation of Stephen Mitchell, who in the very book they are quoting acknowledges that he only translated those passages that suited his purpose.
That means that we interpret all of the rest of the Bible by Jesus of Nazareth.
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