—The Way, the Truth, the Life
In this book, read about every event in the life of Jesus recorded in the Bible.
Jesus’ teachings and actions, which are found in the Gospels, can change your life.
The angel Gabriel delivered messages that were difficult to believe.
How did both Elizabeth and her unborn child honor Jesus?
As soon as Zechariah miraculously regained his speech, he gave an important prophecy.
Does Joseph believe Mary when she says that she is pregnant, not by another man, but by holy spirit?
How do we know that Jesus was not born on December 25?
When Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to the temple as a baby, two aged Israelites prophesy about Jesus’ future.
Why did the star that they saw in the East initially lead them, not to Jesus, but to murderous King Herod?
Three Bible prophecies related to the Messiah are fulfilled early in Jesus’ life.
How many brothers and sisters did Jesus have?
Joseph and Mary are frantic when they cannot find Jesus, while he is surprised that they did not immediately know where to look.
When some Pharisees and Sadducees come out to him, John condemns them. Why?
Why was Jesus baptized if he never sinned?
The temptation of Jesus proves two key facts about the Devil.
What convinced the first six of Jesus’ disciples that they had found the Messiah?
Jesus shows his mother that he is now being directed, not by her, but by his heavenly Father.
God’s Law allowed people to buy animals in Jerusalem for sacrifice, so why was Jesus upset with the merchants in the temple?
What does it mean to be “born again”?
The disciples of John the Baptist are jealous, even though John is not.
Jesus tells her something he has apparently not yet said to anyone else.
From a distance of some 16 miles (26 km), Jesus heals a child.
What did Jesus say that made the people of his hometown want to kill him?
He invites them to give up one type of fishing and begin another.
When Jesus expels demons, he stops the demons from telling people that he is the Son of God. Why?
People come to Jesus to be cured, yet Jesus explains that his ministry actually has a greater purpose.
With a simple yet powerful expression, Jesus proves that he really cares about those whom he heals.
What connection does Jesus show exists between sin and sickness?
Why does Jesus enjoy a meal with notorious sinners?
Jesus uses an illustration about wineskins to provide the answer.
Why would the Jews persecute Jesus for healing a man who had been sick for 38 years?
The Jews think that Jesus is making himself equal to God, but Jesus makes clear that God is superior to him.
Why does Jesus call himself “Lord of the Sabbath”?
The Sadducees and Pharisees, normally at odds, unite around a common cause.
Why does Jesus order those whom he heals not to tell others who he is or what he has done?
What is the difference between an apostle and a disciple?
Get an explanation of key points from Jesus’ discourse.
What does this army officer do that amazes Jesus?
Those who saw this miracle grasped its true significance.
Why does John the Baptist ask whether Jesus is the Messiah? Is John having doubts?
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.
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?
Jesus’ brothers believe that he has gone out of his mind.
What is “the sign of Jonah the prophet”?
Jesus gives eight illustrations to explain aspects of the Kingdom of the heavens.
When Jesus calmed the wind and waves, he taught a vital lesson about how life would be under his Kingdom rule.
Can a person be possessed by more than one demon?
Jesus shows his power and compassion in this heartwarming incident.
People laugh at Jesus when he says that a dead girl is just sleeping. What does he know that they do not?
The people of Nazareth reject Jesus, not because of his teaching or miracles, but for another reason.
What does the statement ‘the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near’ really mean?
Why does Jesus tell the apostles to flee when they are persecuted if they are not to fear death?
Salome’s dance so enthralls Herod that he promises to give her whatever she asks. What is her grisly request?
Jesus’ miracle is so significant that all four Gospels include it.
What lessons do the apostles learn when Jesus walks on water and calms the wind?
Why does Jesus chastise people even though they made a significant effort to come to him?
Jesus teaches something so shocking that many of his disciples abandon him.
Is it what goes into his mouth, or what comes out of it?
Why is a woman not offended when Jesus likens people of her nation to little dogs?
Jesus’ disciples finally grasp the type of leaven he is talking about.
What are the keys of the Kingdom? Who uses them, and how?
What was the transfiguration? What did it mean?
Jesus says that a failed healing was caused by a lack of faith, but on whose part? The boy, his father, or Jesus’ disciples?
Grown men learn something important from a young child.
He describes a three-step process for handling serious issues between brothers.
Using the illustration of the unmerciful slave, Jesus shows how seriously God views our willingness to forgive others.
In three brief conversations, Jesus identifies attitudes that can prevent a person from following him.
What could make those listening to Jesus believe that he was demon-possessed?
Practically the entire Jewish high court opposes Jesus, but one member dares to speak in his behalf.
Jesus said that “the truth will set you free.” Free from what?
Jesus discusses how to identify the children of Abraham, as well as who his Father really is.
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.
The logic of the former blind man enrages the Pharisees. Just as his parents had feared, the Pharisees expel him from the synagogue.
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?
How does Jesus use the parable of the neighborly Samaritan, or the “good Samaritan,” to teach a powerful lesson?
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?
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.
Jesus exposes the religious hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees. What heavy loads do they pressure people to carry?
Jesus gives an illustration of a rich man who built bigger storehouses. What counsel does he repeat about the dangers of seeking wealth?
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?
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?
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?
Some of Jesus’ critics accuse him of making himself equal to God. How does he masterfully refute their false charges?
Jesus explains to his listeners what is needed to gain salvation. His advice was important back then. What about today?
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?
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.
The scribes and the Pharisees criticize Jesus for having dealings with common people. In response, Jesus uses illustrations to show how God views sinners.
What lessons can we learn from Jesus’ illustration of the prodigal son?
Jesus uses an illustration of a scheming, corrupt house manager to teach a surprising truth.
The key to understanding Jesus’ parable is identifying who the two main characters represent.
He highlights a quality that can help us to forgive even those who sin against us repeatedly.
What did Jesus mean when he said that those who exercise faith in him “will never die at all”?
Two key aspects of this event make it impossible even for Jesus’ opposers to deny the miracle.
The healed man shows appreciation not only to Jesus but also to someone else.
How will Christ’s presence be like lightning?
In his illustration of a wicked judge and a widow, Jesus stresses the value of a particular quality.
Jesus views young children very differently than his disciples do. Why?
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?
How do the first become last and the last become first?
James and John ask for special positions in the Kingdom, but they are not alone.
How can the seemingly conflicting Bible accounts about Jesus healing a blind man near Jericho be harmonized?
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”?
Mary, the sister of Lazarus, does something that stirs controversy, but Jesus defends her.
He fulfills a five-hundred-year-old prophecy.
The merchants in Jerusalem seem to be conducting legitimate business, so why does Jesus call them robbers?
Is there a difference between putting faith in Jesus and acting on that faith?
Jesus teaches his disciples about the power of faith and explains the reason why God is rejecting the nation of Israel.
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.
Jesus’ parable is actually a prophecy.
He silences first the Pharisees, then the Sadducees, and finally a coalition of his opposers.
Why does Jesus not show tolerance of religious differences?
He uses the example of a poor widow to teach a powerful lesson.
His prophecy had an initial fulfillment during the first century. Could it also have a later, larger fulfillment?
Did Jesus teach that half of his disciples are foolish and the other half are discreet?
Jesus’ parable explains his statement: “To everyone who has, more will be given.”
Using a striking parable, Jesus explains the basis for everlasting judgment.
Why is it significant that the religious leaders agree to pay Judas exactly 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus?
He surprises the apostles by performing a slave’s task.
Jesus establishes a memorial that his followers are to hold each year on Nisan 14.
The apostles have already forgotten the lesson that Jesus taught earlier the same evening.
Jesus teaches a powerful truth about how to approach God.
In what way do Jesus’ disciples “bear fruit”?
How can Jesus have conquered the world if the world executed him?
He makes clear that he accomplished something far more important than bringing salvation to humans.
Why does Jesus pray: “Remove this cup from me”? Is he backing away from his role to die as a ransom?
Judas is able to find Jesus even though it is in the middle of the night.
The trial of Jesus is a travesty of justice.
How could Peter, a man of faith and devotion, so quickly turn his back on Jesus?
The Jewish religious leaders reveal their true intentions.
Why does Pilate send Jesus to Herod for judgment? Does Pilate not have the authority to judge Jesus?
Even Pilate acknowledges the sterling qualities that Jesus displays.
Why does Jesus tell the grieving women to weep for themselves and for their children rather than for him?
Jesus makes a far-reaching promise to one of the criminals executed with him.
The miraculous daytime darkness, earthquake, and rending of the temple curtain all point to one conclusion.
Why is there such urgency to bury Jesus before sunset?
After he is resurrected, Jesus first reveals himself to a female disciple rather than to his apostles.
How does Jesus prove to his disciples that he has been resurrected?
Three times, Peter is reminded of how he can prove his love for Jesus.
Between his resurrection and his ascension to heaven, Jesus repeatedly stresses to his disciples what they would receive and how they should use it.
What would Jesus do while awaiting the time to take action against his enemies?
He still has much to do before he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father.
Jesus displays eight qualities repeatedly throughout his life.
Use this index to find the place in this book where each verse in the Gospels is considered.
Find the chapter in this book where each of Jesus’ illustrations is discussed.
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.
This map shows where Jesus carried out his ministry.