The Gospels are four different versions of the same story. The hero in each one of those stories is Jesus Christ. By “hero,” we mean that he came to earth to save humanity from their sins, something we couldn’t (and wouldn’t care to try to) accomplish on our own. And there’s a lot of stuff that’s packed into those four stories that a lot of people miss out on. Take a shot at seeing how well you know the gospels.
What are the names of the four Gospel accounts?
Fun Fact: While we made that question easy, believe it or not, a lot of people have no idea what the name of the gospels are. (If you didn’t get that...wow...just...wow...)
What does “gospel” mean?
Fun Fact: Let’s be honest. If you found out you won a billion dollars, that’d be some really good news. When Jesus came to die for our sins, that was good news indeed!
Jesus was fond of telling short stories using culturally understandable metaphors. These stories were called:
Fun fact: Parables were often rooted in the daily life of first-century people, but Jesus was also communicating eternal truths to his listeners.
Jesus had 12 disciples. However, two sets of disciples had the same name. Who were they?
Fun Fact: There was Simon Peter and Simon the Cananaen and James the son of Zebedee and James the son of Alphaeus. Check out the full line-up in Matthew 10: 1-4.
The book of Matthew was written primarily to:
Fun Fact: Matthew thought it was important to show his own people who Jesus was.
The book of Matthew stresses this aspect of Jesus’ identity:
Fun fact: Each of the Gospels carried with it a different theme, based on the anticipated audience and what the author of each felt was most important to communicate. God inspired each of these men to communicate His message, so that as many different people as possible might hear the Good News about Jesus Christ.
When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, these two biblical figures showed up by his side:
Fun Fact: Jesus hanging out with two ghosts. How cool is that? Check it out in Mark 9.
One of Jesus’ more famous miracles features the multiplication of food to feed the multitudes who came to hear him speak. How much food did he originally begin with?
Fun Fact: When all was said and done, 5,000 people had eaten until they were full...and there were 12 baskets left over.
Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot while he was praying in the:
(Not So) Fun Fact: Jesus was so stressed out over the prospect of crucifixion, that while he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane he literally sweat blood. Talk about a difficult mission. Check out the story in Luke 22.
When Jesus died on the cross the sky went dark for:
Fun Fact: In addition to the sky going dark for 3 hours, the veil in the Temple was torn in two and (Luke 23) and, in a page straight out of "Return of the Living Dead", people were raised back to life and simply walked home (Matthew 27). No brains were eaten in the ensuing days.
Jesus was buried in the tomb of a rich man named:
Fun Fact: Not only was Jesus buried in the tomb of a rich man, but also this burial fulfilled ancient prophecy. Check out the story in Mark 15.
When Jesus raised from the grave, he appeared first to:
Fun Fact: This little historical fact is often lost on people. The place which women hold in Jesus’ ministry—talking to the woman at the well, Mary his mother, allowing his feet to be washed by a woman, not judging the woman caught in adultery, appearing first to a woman after his resurrection—these are all important to understanding that Jesus held women in higher regard than the culture he came from. Unfortunately, many people have wrongfully attempted to make women subservient and subordinate in the world and in the church.
What was the name of the mountain where Jesus was crucified?
Fun Fact: “Golgotha” means “Place of the Skull” or “Skull Mountain.”
What is not one of the recorded miracles in the Gospels?
Fun Fact: Though it seems like I gave the answer away with the whole "raising a frog from the dead" bit, it is actually from a Catholic folk tale. But more importantly, Jesus performed a lot of miracles while here. He raised people from the dead, gave people their sight, healed the lame, took away leprosy, turned water into wine (to keep the party going). The list goes on. But, the greatest miracle Jesus performed was forgiving the sins of mankind. Only God could do that.
Jesus’ cousin was:
Fun Fact: John the Baptist preceded the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, telling people that someone greater would be arriving soon. Read about it in Matthew 3!