Jesus was born of a virgin, so his life started out far from ordinary and continued in this same vein. Rather than growing to be proud because of his heavenly origin, Jesus Christ, who is the professed son of God, lived a fairly brief earthly life filled with humility.
He was a friend to all, but his preferred crowd appeared to be those who were marked as social pariahs like tax collectors and even a prostitute. He took pity on the poor, healed the sick, and restored persons with disabilities. His miracles ranged from feeding a multitude with one little boy's lunch to walking on water.
Throughout his life, Jesus' main priority was doing the work of God, his father and teaching people of the freedom that could be found in this altruistic lifestyle. From a very tender age, he sat with elders dissecting the sacred scriptures, which had all pointed to his coming.
Despite many prophecies of the Messiah that were known to the Jews, most of them still denied him. Long after his cruel, undeserved betrayal and death, his ministry continued with his apostles such as Paul and John who famously wrote many of the books present in the New Testament.
We've really just brushed the surface when it comes to Jesus' life. Do you know the details? Do you know who betrayed him? Do you know his parents' names? Find out just how much you paid attention during Sunday's church service in this quiz!
It was an angel that told Joseph to name the baby Jesus. The angel of God also told Joseph that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
The name Jesus was very common at the time. It is a Hebrew name that means "God Saves."
In every one of Jesus' recorded prayers, He addresses God as Father. This was appropriate, as he was the Son of God.
Jesus had four brothers. These were James, Joseph, Jude and Simon.
It's true that Jesus had sisters, but these are not named or numbered in the Bible. Wouldn't it be great to know who they were?
John the Baptist was 6 months older than Jesus. He was also Jesus' second cousin.
The first miracle that Jesus performed was to turn water into wine. This was at a marriage feast in Cana.
Mary's last words in the Bible were “Do whatever Jesus tells you.” Mary speaks on four occasions in the Bible in total.
Jesus was frequently addressed as Rabbi. The word originates from the Hebrew word for "teacher."
Jesus was fully conscious during the crucifixion. Most others that were crucified would fall unconscious during the process.
Jesus was on the cross for six hours. He was there roughly from 9 am until 3 pm.
Although traditionally many believe that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, many scholars believe that it was actually a Wednesday. The Good Friday to Easter Sunday tradition will survive, nonetheless!
Jesus was crucified in a spot called "Golgotha." This means "The Place of the Skull."
Scholars actually believe that the star of Bethlehem was most likely an astrological conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. It was also thought to possibly be a nova, or new star.
The Gospels record at least 37 detailed miracles of Jesus. The feeding of 5,000 men was recorded in all four Gospels.
Jesus was not actually born in 1 A.D. Scholars place his birth somewhere between 7 B.C. and 2 B.C.
The wise men didn't actually come to Jesus when he was a newborn. They came when he was between the ages of 1 and 2.
Bethlehem means "House of Bread." This was the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Jesus appeared 12 times to his disciples and followers after his Resurrection. That's pretty extraordinary, when you think about it.
It wasn't until Jesus was 30 years old that he began his ministry. Think of all that life that He lived before that!
John the Baptist actually began his ministry before Jesus. That being said, Jesus began in 26 A.D., which was shortly after John.
Jesus' earthly ministry lasted for a mere 3.5 years. Boy, that seriously wasn't enough time.
The first recorded words of Jesus can be found in Mark 1:15. “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Jesus was able to speak three languages. Aramaic was his first language, Hebrew was his scholarly language, and he would also speak Greek on some occasions.
Jesus' stepfather was a carpenter, and Jesus was said to be the same. However, by today's standards, he was more of an engineer.
Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days. Also, Jesus preached for about 40 months.
Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not white as he is often depicted. The Bible refers to his "Jewishness," which is in reference to light or dark brown skin.
God the Father spoke to Jesus three times while he was on Earth. Once at His baptism, at the Transfiguration, and before Jesus went to the cross.
These were Jesus' last words before he ascended to heaven. Talk about famous last words!
24 of Jesus' miracles were healing miracles. 10 were nature miracles and 3 were Resurrection miracles.
Jesus used fish four times to perform a miracle. One of the times was when a coin appeared in the mouth of a fish to pay taxes.
Jesus was so stressed before the crucifixion that he actually sweat blood. The medical term for this is hematohidrosis.
It's true that crucifixions were common during Roman times. The purpose of crucifixion was not only to kill but also to humiliate.
In all truth, scholars do not know when exactly Jesus was born. Some believe that it could have been in the spring or summer.
Funny enough, Jesus did not have a last name. Christ was a title that meant "the anointed one."