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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Jesus—The Way, the Truth, the Life

In this book, read about every event in the life of Jesus recorded in the Bible.

INTRODUCTION

The Way, the Truth, the Life

Jesus’ teachings and actions, which are found in the Gospels, can change your life.

CHAPTER 1

Two Messages From God

The angel Gabriel delivered messages that were difficult to believe.

CHAPTER 2

Jesus Is Honored Before His Birth

How did both Elizabeth and her unborn child honor Jesus?

CHAPTER 3

Someone to Prepare the Way Is Born

As soon as Zechariah miraculously regained his speech, he gave an important prophecy.

CHAPTER 4

Mary—Pregnant but Not Married

Does Joseph believe Mary when she says that she is pregnant, not by another man, but by holy spirit?

CHAPTER 5

Jesus’ Birth—Where and When?

How do we know that Jesus was not born on December 25?

CHAPTER 6

The Child Who Was Promised

When Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to the temple as a baby, two aged Israelites prophesy about Jesus’ future.

CHAPTER 7

Astrologers Visit Jesus

Why did the star that they saw in the East initially lead them, not to Jesus, but to murderous King Herod?

CHAPTER 8

They Escape From a Wicked Ruler

Three Bible prophecies related to the Messiah are fulfilled early in Jesus’ life.

CHAPTER 9

Growing Up in Nazareth

How many brothers and sisters did Jesus have?

CHAPTER 10

Jesus’ Family Travels to Jerusalem

Joseph and Mary are frantic when they cannot find Jesus, while he is surprised that they did not immediately know where to look.

CHAPTER 11

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

When some Pharisees and Sadducees come out to him, John condemns them. Why?

CHAPTER 12

Jesus Gets Baptized

Why was Jesus baptized if he never sinned?

CHAPTER 13

Learn From the Way Jesus Faced Temptations

The temptation of Jesus proves two key facts about the Devil.

CHAPTER 14

Jesus Begins to Make Disciples

What convinced the first six of Jesus’ disciples that they had found the Messiah?

CHAPTER 15

Performing His First Miracle

Jesus shows his mother that he is now being directed, not by her, but by his heavenly Father.

CHAPTER 16

Jesus Shows Zeal for True Worship

God’s Law allowed people to buy animals in Jerusalem for sacrifice, so why was Jesus upset with the merchants in the temple?

CHAPTER 17

He Teaches Nicodemus at Night

What does it mean to be “born again”?

CHAPTER 18

Jesus Increases as John Decreases

The disciples of John the Baptist are jealous, even though John is not.

CHAPTER 19

Teaching a Samaritan Woman

Jesus tells her something he has apparently not yet said to anyone else.

CHAPTER 20

Second Miracle While in Cana

From a distance of some 16 miles (26 km), Jesus heals a child.

CHAPTER 21

At the Synagogue in Nazareth

What did Jesus say that made the people of his hometown want to kill him?

CHAPTER 22

Four Disciples Will Be Fishers of Men

He invites them to give up one type of fishing and begin another.

CHAPTER 23

Jesus Performs Great Works in Capernaum

When Jesus expels demons, he stops the demons from telling people that he is the Son of God. Why?

CHAPTER 24

Expanding His Ministry in Galilee

People come to Jesus to be cured, yet Jesus explains that his ministry actually has a greater purpose.

CHAPTER 25

Compassionately Curing a Leper

With a simple yet powerful expression, Jesus proves that he really cares about those whom he heals.

CHAPTER 26

“Your Sins Are Forgiven”

What connection does Jesus show exists between sin and sickness?

CHAPTER 27

Matthew Is Called

Why does Jesus enjoy a meal with notorious sinners?

CHAPTER 28

Why Do Jesus’ Disciples Not Fast?

Jesus uses an illustration about wineskins to provide the answer.

CHAPTER 29

Can One Do Good Works on the Sabbath?

Why would the Jews persecute Jesus for healing a man who had been sick for 38 years?

CHAPTER 30

Jesus’ Relationship With His Father

The Jews think that Jesus is making himself equal to God, but Jesus makes clear that God is superior to him.

CHAPTER 31

Plucking Grain on the Sabbath

Why does Jesus call himself “Lord of the Sabbath”?

CHAPTER 32

What Is Lawful on the Sabbath?

The Sadducees and Pharisees, normally at odds, unite around a common cause.

CHAPTER 33

Fulfilling Isaiah’s Prophecy

Why does Jesus order those whom he heals not to tell others who he is or what he has done?

CHAPTER 34

Jesus Chooses Twelve Apostles

What is the difference between an apostle and a disciple?

CHAPTER 35

The Famous Sermon on the Mount

Get an explanation of key points from Jesus’ discourse.

CHAPTER 36

A Centurion Shows Great Faith

What does this army officer do that amazes Jesus?

CHAPTER 37

Jesus Resurrects a Widow’s Son

Those who saw this miracle grasped its true significance.

CHAPTER 38

John Wants to Hear From Jesus

Why does John the Baptist ask whether Jesus is the Messiah? Is John having doubts?

CHAPTER 39

Woe to an Unresponsive Generation

Jesus says that on Judgment Day, it will be more endurable for the land of Sodom than for Capernaum, the city that has served as his home base.

CHAPTER 40

A Lesson in Forgiveness

By telling a woman who may have been a prostitute that her sins were forgiven, was Jesus saying it is all right to break God’s law?

CHAPTER 41

Miracles—By Whose Power?

Jesus’ brothers believe that he has gone out of his mind.

CHAPTER 42

Jesus Rebukes the Pharisees

What is “the sign of Jonah the prophet”?

CHAPTER 43

Illustrations About the Kingdom

Jesus gives eight illustrations to explain aspects of the Kingdom of the heavens.

CHAPTER 44

Jesus Silences a Storm at Sea

When Jesus calmed the wind and waves, he taught a vital lesson about how life would be under his Kingdom rule.

CHAPTER 45

Power Over Many Demons

Can a person be possessed by more than one demon?

CHAPTER 46

Healed by Touching Jesus’ Garment

Jesus shows his power and compassion in this heartwarming incident.

CHAPTER 47

A Young Girl Lives Again!

People laugh at Jesus when he says that a dead girl is just sleeping. What does he know that they do not?

CHAPTER 48

Performing Miracles, But Rejected Even in Nazareth

The people of Nazareth reject Jesus, not because of his teaching or miracles, but for another reason.

CHAPTER 49

Preaching in Galilee and Training the Apostles

What does the statement ‘the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near’ really mean?

CHAPTER 50

Prepared to Preach Despite Persecution

Why does Jesus tell the apostles to flee when they are persecuted if they are not to fear death?

CHAPTER 51

Murder During a Birthday Party

Salome’s dance so enthralls Herod that he promises to give her whatever she asks. What is her grisly request?

CHAPTER 52

Feeding Thousands With a Few Loaves and Fish

Jesus’ miracle is so significant that all four Gospels include it.

CHAPTER 53

A Ruler Who Can Control the Elements

What lessons do the apostles learn when Jesus walks on water and calms the wind?

CHAPTER 54

Jesus—“The Bread of Life”

Why does Jesus chastise people even though they made a significant effort to come to him?

CHAPTER 55

Jesus’ Words Shock Many

Jesus teaches something so shocking that many of his disciples abandon him.

CHAPTER 56

What Really Defiles a Person?

Is it what goes into his mouth, or what comes out of it?

CHAPTER 57

Jesus Cures a Girl and a Deaf Man

Why is a woman not offended when Jesus likens people of her nation to little dogs?

CHAPTER 58

He Multiplies Loaves and Warns About Leaven

Jesus’ disciples finally grasp the type of leaven he is talking about.

CHAPTER 59

Who Is the Son of Man?

What are the keys of the Kingdom? Who uses them, and how?

CHAPTER 60

The Transfiguration—A View of Christ in Glory

What was the transfiguration? What did it mean?

CHAPTER 61

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

Jesus says that a failed healing was caused by a lack of faith, but on whose part? The boy, his father, or Jesus’ disciples?

CHAPTER 62

An Important Lesson in Humility

Grown men learn something important from a young child.

CHAPTER 63

Jesus Offers Counsel About Stumbling and Sin

He describes a three-step process for handling serious issues between brothers.

CHAPTER 64

The Need to Forgive

Using the illustration of the unmerciful slave, Jesus shows how seriously God views our willingness to forgive others.

CHAPTER 65

Teaching While Traveling to Jerusalem

In three brief conversations, Jesus identifies attitudes that can prevent a person from following him.

CHAPTER 66

In Jerusalem for the Festival of Tabernacles

What could make those listening to Jesus believe that he was demon-possessed?

CHAPTER 67

“Never Has Any Man Spoken Like This”

Practically the entire Jewish high court opposes Jesus, but one member dares to speak in his behalf.

CHAPTER 68

“The Light of the World”—The Son of God

Jesus said that “the truth will set you free.” Free from what?

CHAPTER 69

Their Father—Abraham or the Devil?

Jesus discusses how to identify the children of Abraham, as well as who his Father really is.

CHAPTER 70

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

The disciples ask why a man was born blind. Did he sin? Did his parents sin? People’s reactions are mixed when Jesus heals the man.

CHAPTER 71

Pharisees Confront Man Who Was Blind

The logic of the former blind man enrages the Pharisees. Just as his parents had feared, the Pharisees expel him from the synagogue.

CHAPTER 72

Jesus Sends 70 Disciples to Preach

In Judea, Jesus sends out 70 disciples as Kingdom proclaimers in teams of two. Where are the disciples to find people to preach to—in the synagogues or in people’s homes?

CHAPTER 73

A Samaritan Proves to Be a Real Neighbor

How does Jesus use the parable of the neighborly Samaritan, or the “good Samaritan,” to teach a powerful lesson?

CHAPTER 74

Lessons About Hospitality and Prayer

Jesus visits Mary and Martha at their home. What does he teach them about hospitality? And how does he later teach his disciples what to pray for?

CHAPTER 75

Jesus Reveals the Source of Happiness

Jesus answers his critics, telling them about “the finger of God” and about how the Kingdom of God has overtaken them. He also reveals how people can find true happiness.

CHAPTER 76

Dining With a Pharisee

Jesus exposes the religious hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees. What heavy loads do they pressure people to carry?

CHAPTER 77

Jesus Gives Counsel About Riches

Jesus gives an illustration of a rich man who built bigger storehouses. What counsel does he repeat about the dangers of seeking wealth?

CHAPTER 78

Keep Ready, Faithful Steward!

Jesus expresses his interest in the spiritual well-being of his disciples. What role would a steward play in their spiritual well-being? Why is the counsel to keep ready so important?

CHAPTER 79

Why Destruction Is Ahead

Jesus says that those he is trying to help will be in line for destruction if they don’t repent. Will they learn the important lesson that Jesus tries to teach them about their standing with God?

CHAPTER 80

The Fine Shepherd and the Sheepfolds

The relationship of a shepherd and his sheep well illustrates how Jesus feels about his disciples. Will they recognize his teachings and follow his lead?

CHAPTER 81

One With the Father, But Not God

Some of Jesus’ critics accuse him of making himself equal to God. How does he masterfully refute their false charges?

CHAPTER 82

Jesus’ Ministry in Perea

Jesus explains to his listeners what is needed to gain salvation. His advice was important back then. What about today?

CHAPTER 83

Invitations to a Meal—Whom Does God Invite?

While dining at the home of a Pharisee, Jesus gives an illustration about a grand evening meal. He has an important lesson for all of God’s people. What is it?

CHAPTER 84

Discipleship—How Serious?

Becoming a disciple of Christ is a serious responsibility. Jesus leaves no doubt about what is involved. Some would-be followers may be shocked by what he says.

CHAPTER 85

Rejoicing Over the Sinner Who Repents

The scribes and the Pharisees criticize Jesus for having dealings with common people. In response, Jesus uses illustrations to show how God views sinners.

CHAPTER 86

The Son Who Was Lost Returns

What lessons can we learn from Jesus’ illustration of the prodigal son?

CHAPTER 87

Plan Ahead—Use Practical Wisdom

Jesus uses an illustration of a scheming, corrupt house manager to teach a surprising truth.

CHAPTER 88

A Change for the Rich Man and for Lazarus

The key to understanding Jesus’ parable is identifying who the two main characters represent.

CHAPTER 89

Teaching in Perea on the Way to Judea

He highlights a quality that can help us to forgive even those who sin against us repeatedly.

CHAPTER 90

“The Resurrection and the Life”

What did Jesus mean when he said that those who exercise faith in him “will never die at all”?

CHAPTER 91

Lazarus Is Resurrected

Two key aspects of this event make it impossible even for Jesus’ opposers to deny the miracle.

CHAPTER 92

Ten Lepers Healed—One Shows Gratitude

The healed man shows appreciation not only to Jesus but also to someone else.

CHAPTER 93

The Son of Man Will Be Revealed

How will Christ’s presence be like lightning?

CHAPTER 94

Two Great Needs—Prayer and Humility

In his illustration of a wicked judge and a widow, Jesus stresses the value of a particular quality.

CHAPTER 95

Teaching About Divorce and Love for Children

Jesus views young children very differently than his disciples do. Why?

CHAPTER 96

Jesus Answers a Rich Young Ruler

What moves Jesus to say that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a sewing needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God?

CHAPTER 97

Illustration of the Workers in the Vineyard

How do the first become last and the last become first?

CHAPTER 98

The Apostles Again Seek Prominence

James and John ask for special positions in the Kingdom, but they are not alone.

CHAPTER 99

Jesus Heals Blind Men and Helps Zacchaeus

How can the seemingly conflicting Bible accounts about Jesus healing a blind man near Jericho be harmonized?

CHAPTER 100

His Illustration of Ten Minas

What did Jesus mean when he said: “To everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away”?

CHAPTER 101

A Meal at Simon’s House in Bethany

Mary, the sister of Lazarus, does something that stirs controversy, but Jesus defends her.

CHAPTER 102

The King Enters Jerusalem on a Colt

He fulfills a five-hundred-year-old prophecy.

CHAPTER 103

The Temple Cleansed Again

The merchants in Jerusalem seem to be conducting legitimate business, so why does Jesus call them robbers?

CHAPTER 104

The Jews Hear God’s Voice—Will They Show Faith?

Is there a difference between putting faith in Jesus and acting on that faith?

CHAPTER 105

A Fig Tree Is Used to Teach a Lesson About Faith

Jesus teaches his disciples about the power of faith and explains the reason why God is rejecting the nation of Israel.

CHAPTER 106

Two Illustrations About Vineyards

Find out the meaning of the parables of the man who asked his sons to work in his vineyard and of the man who leased his vineyard to evil cultivators.

CHAPTER 107

A King Calls Those Invited to a Marriage Feast

Jesus’ parable is actually a prophecy.

CHAPTER 108

Jesus Thwarts Attempts to Entrap Him

He silences first the Pharisees, then the Sadducees, and finally a coalition of his opposers.

CHAPTER 109

Denouncing Religious Opposers

Why does Jesus not show tolerance of religious differences?

CHAPTER 110

Jesus’ Final Day at the Temple

He uses the example of a poor widow to teach a powerful lesson.

CHAPTER 111

The Apostles Ask for a Sign

His prophecy had an initial fulfillment during the first century. Could it also have a later, larger fulfillment?

CHAPTER 112

A Lesson in Vigilance—The Virgins

Did Jesus teach that half of his disciples are foolish and the other half are discreet?

CHAPTER 113

A Lesson in Diligence—The Talents

Jesus’ parable explains his statement: “To everyone who has, more will be given.”

CHAPTER 114

Christ in Power Judges the Sheep and the Goats

Using a striking parable, Jesus explains the basis for everlasting judgment.

CHAPTER 115

Jesus’ Final Passover Approaches

Why is it significant that the religious leaders agree to pay Judas exactly 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus?

CHAPTER 116

Teaching Humility at the Last Passover

He surprises the apostles by performing a slave’s task.

CHAPTER 117

The Lord’s Evening Meal

Jesus establishes a memorial that his followers are to hold each year on Nisan 14.

CHAPTER 118

A Dispute Over Greatness

The apostles have already forgotten the lesson that Jesus taught earlier the same evening.

CHAPTER 119

Jesus—The Way, the Truth, the Life

Jesus teaches a powerful truth about how to approach God.

CHAPTER 120

Bearing Fruit as Branches and Being Jesus’ Friends

In what way do Jesus’ disciples “bear fruit”?

CHAPTER 121

“Take Courage! I Have Conquered the World”

How can Jesus have conquered the world if the world executed him?

CHAPTER 122

Jesus’ Concluding Prayer in the Upper Room

He makes clear that he accomplished something far more important than bringing salvation to humans.

CHAPTER 123

Praying When Deeply Grieved

Why does Jesus pray: “Remove this cup from me”? Is he backing away from his role to die as a ransom?

CHAPTER 124

Christ Is Betrayed and Arrested

Judas is able to find Jesus even though it is in the middle of the night.

CHAPTER 125

Jesus Is Taken to Annas, Then to Caiaphas

The trial of Jesus is a travesty of justice.

CHAPTER 126

Denials at the House of Caiaphas

How could Peter, a man of faith and devotion, so quickly turn his back on Jesus?

CHAPTER 127

Tried by the Sanhedrin, Then on to Pilate

The Jewish religious leaders reveal their true intentions.

CHAPTER 128

Found Innocent by Both Pilate and Herod

Why does Pilate send Jesus to Herod for judgment? Does Pilate not have the authority to judge Jesus?

CHAPTER 129

Pilate Proclaims: “Look! The Man!”

Even Pilate acknowledges the sterling qualities that Jesus displays.

CHAPTER 130

Jesus Is Handed Over and Led Away to Die

Why does Jesus tell the grieving women to weep for themselves and for their children rather than for him?

CHAPTER 131

An Innocent King Suffers on the Stake

Jesus makes a far-reaching promise to one of the criminals executed with him.

CHAPTER 132

“Certainly This Man Was God’s Son”

The miraculous daytime darkness, earthquake, and rending of the temple curtain all point to one conclusion.

CHAPTER 133

Jesus’ Body Is Prepared and Buried

Why is there such urgency to bury Jesus before sunset?

CHAPTER 134

An Empty Tomb, Because Jesus Is Alive!

After he is resurrected, Jesus first reveals himself to a female disciple rather than to his apostles.

CHAPTER 135

The Resurrected Jesus Appears to Many

How does Jesus prove to his disciples that he has been resurrected?

CHAPTER 136

On the Shore of the Sea of Galilee

Three times, Peter is reminded of how he can prove his love for Jesus.

CHAPTER 137

Hundreds See Him Prior to Pentecost

Between his resurrection and his ascension to heaven, Jesus repeatedly stresses to his disciples what they would receive and how they should use it.

CHAPTER 138

Christ at God’s Right Hand

What would Jesus do while awaiting the time to take action against his enemies?

CHAPTER 139

Jesus Brings Paradise and Finishes His Assignment

He still has much to do before he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father.

To Imitate Jesus, Be . . .

Jesus displays eight qualities repeatedly throughout his life.

Scripture Index

Use this index to find the place in this book where each verse in the Gospels is considered.

Index of Illustrations (Parables)

Find the chapter in this book where each of Jesus’ illustrations is discussed.

Some Messianic Prophecies

Match events in Jesus’ life to the Bible prophecies that prove him to be the Messiah and to the chapters in this book where they are considered.

The Areas Where Jesus Lived and Taught

This map shows where Jesus carried out his ministry.