How Many Questions Did Jesus Answer?

The Questions Jesus Answered

So, How Many Questions Did Jesus Answer?  Do you know?  Do you care? How many questions did Jesus ask?  How many questions did the disciples ask?  How many did Jesus ask the disciples?  Is it even relevant?  I ask again – How Many Questions Did Jesus Answer, and what does it mean to you today?

It all started on a particularly bad day. Nothing really tragic or intense, mind you – just the opposite of a good day. And just like that several ideas came to me all at once:

- I wish that when I prayed I could hear God speak.
- It would be cool if I were able to ask God questions directly.
- Or if ANYONE had ever asked God questions – it’d be neat to listen in.
- Wait. Jesus came to Earth. And talked to people…
- And we have the Bible documenting some of their conversations.
- What did people ask Jesus? Maybe its relevant to my life!

Then, a couple days later (or maybe the same day, its been a while, I can’t remember very clearly now) in a podcasted sermon I was listening to a Pastor who said that Jesus only answered questions posed to him a handful of times. And now that I think back to it, I bet the individual making the statement was just being hyperbolistic. Exaggerative even. But I was so taken aback by the comment that I was just completely flummoxed. So I searched on Google and voila’ found my answer in the first hit! No, actually I didn’t. I searched. And I searched. And searched. And while I saw some lists of the questions and some of the answers… I just didn’t find what I was looking for.

So I counted.

How Many Questions Did Jesus Answer?

Yeah. I know – who does that? Um, apparently I do. So yeah, I counted all the questions in the Gospels. It was actually easier and yet a whole lot harder than you think at the same time. The first pass I attempted, I took the Gospels and programmatically stripped every sentence that didn’t have a question mark. And I counted them up. Simple really. I was ecstatic. The number was huge! But then I realized something fairly basic and terribly obvious a bit too late.

In the pile of questions that were left over there were tons and tons of duplicate questions. As I’m sure you are already aware, the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) basically retell the same story of Jesus’ life from 4 different perspectives. Sure, there are differences and nuances. But basically they are the same. So yeah, most of the questions repeated over, and over, and over again.

When I tried to align the questions with all of the same events across the gospels it was like basically trying to untangle a rat’s nest with chopsticks. And eventually after months of trying to tease apart the data I gave up on that effort and decided to start over. This time I started with a parallel Bible and only included a question once from each of the events listed across all four chapters of the Bible. So if during the feeding of 5,000 a question was asked that was documented in both Matthew and Luke lets say then I only included the question once.

With this approach I was successful this time over the course of a single week. Now, I will caveat the info I will list below with this legalese – I am not a theologian. I am also not done refining and cleaning up the data. But I did try to use common sense where I could and occasionally made a few random judgement calls in order to try and make sense of the pile of data. These results should be within about 98%. But they aren’t perfect I’m sure.

Jesus Answered 109 Questions

So, during Christ’s time on planet earth, the gospels record 109 questions that Jesus answered. That’s a far cry from a “handful” of answers. So what that means is that on over a hundred separate occasions Christ was asked a question which he gave a distinct answer to. Now, it may not be the answer the person was looking for, but He is God – and that is His prerogative for sure.

37 Questions Jesus Answered Were His Own

Of the 109 questions Jesus was asked, 37 He asked Himself. WHAT?! I hear you saying. Well, yeah, Jesus did quite a bit of that. That’s over a third of all the questions He asked were answered Himself. Let me tell you this… if Jesus were here today, and if He were to ask me a question – just one question – I’d really prefer it if He were to answer it as opposed to me trying to give it a go.

Jesus: “Taylor, what would a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Taylor: “Um, an X-box? No, no – I got this one!! Wait, um… a totally hot pink Diablo Lamborghini. Hot, huh? Right?”

Ok, so I jest, just a bit. But seriously, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with attempting to answer some of the questions Jesus asked the disciples. And they didn’t either apparently, because Jesus stepped in and helped them out. To the tune of 37 different times. Or, try this example from after Jesus’ resurrection on for size:

Jesus: “Taylor, why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”
Taylor: “Ok, I’ll be honest here Jesus. You just totally materialized out of thin air. That’s freaky wicked cool… but scary too. And by the by, you have holes in your hands still… and the last thing I knew, you were dead. In a tomb. And now, you are here.

I’m thinking Christ’s response was a whole lot better than mine: “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

So while my first thought was disappointment that Christ spent a third of His time answering His own questions as opposed to answering other’s questions… I realized how much better His answers would be than anyone else’s.

Jesus Answered 72 Questions From Others

So if Jesus answered 109 questions, 37 of which were His own questions… how many questions did He answer from others? If you are quick on the math uptick you probably already guessed that there 72 of those. And you’d be right. The real number I was dying to get my hands on was this one. How many other people were brave enough to ask Jesus questions and how many did He actually answer? 72.

Included in these questions and answers is t he famous conversation between Nicodemus, the repetitive question and answer between Peter and Jesus, as well as the infamous questioning by the Rich Young Ruler, among many others. This is where the meat of the interactions between Jesus and the Pharisees as well as the High Priests.

But if Christ answered 72 questions – how many did He choose not answer? I mean there has to be a ton of those, right? Most questions humans ask are dumb. So wouldn’t He just choose not to answer a huge pile of them? I assumed so.

Jesus Didn't Answer 5 Questions
That’s it. Only 5 did He take a pass on. And some of those were prophesied that He wouldn’t answer… right? I’m thinking of the questioning from the Jews before His crucifixion or the questioning of Herod. Like a lamb before the slaughter He didn’t say a word. But otherwise, in my opinion, Jesus gave answers to most everything pointed His direction. Now, I’m not a theologian, by any stretch. But I’ve tried to look at every single question and determine whether Jesus was intending his response to be relevant to the question put his direction. And from my vantage point it sure looks like He did an amazing job of giving an answer to over 94% of all the questions he was asked.

The Disciples Asked 31 Questions
So of the 72 questions, who asked these questions? As would be expected, the disciples asked the lion share of the questions that Jesus answered throughout the gospels. These were some of the most intimate conversations Christ had during his time on earth. I think of the rapid fire question – answer, question – answer, question – answer, between He and Peter after the resurrection.

“Simon son of John, do you agape me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord, you know I phileo you.”
“Feed my lambs.”
“Simon son of John, do you agape me?”
“Yes, Lord, you know I phileo you.”
“Take care of my sheep.”
“Simon son of John, do you phileo me?”
“Lord you know all things; you know I phileo you.”
“Feed my sheep.”

Some were less intimate but still just as interesting like the discussion between the Jesus and the disciples regarding the poll tax a few officials outside the house were wanting to collect. Should we pay? Should we not? Regardless, so that we don’t offend – go and catch a fish, then give them the money that you find in the fish’s mouth.

1. Question
2. Answer
3. Miracle

The disciples had one of the most coveted seats in all of the history of the earth. They had no less than direct daily interaction with the God Man. To know everything they discussed would be priceless, absolutely priceless. And yet right here in front of us we have 30 of the questions that Jesus answered – right here for the studying.

Of the 31 questions asked of Jesus 16 were said to have been asked by the ‘Disciples’. Peter was the obvious big question asker (sometimes to his own detriment) with eight to his credit. John and Judas were the two other big question asker with two a piece.

Women asked jesus six questions

Of the 72 questions Jesus answered, 6 of the questions were asked by women. That’s 8% of all the questions. May not seem like a lot to you, but that’s pretty significant. Obviously the real total is a lot higher than that but the to have the recorded number reach over 8% is amazing. I think of the Canaanite woman at the well who Jesus shouldn’t have been even looking at let alone having a full blown conversation about who she’s sleeping with. I just think its pretty stunning to see even 6 of the questions being from women considering the more’s of the day.

I’ll probably do follow up posts discussing some of the details within each of these clusters of questions. And I will also work to shore up these numbers some. As I continue to refine the data I continue to see ways to better rationalize or categorize each of the individual questions. But this has been a fun first pass in trying to answer a fairly simple question I had over TWO YEARS AGO.

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Well, a few of you have contacted me directly and asked for access to the database or an excel sheet or something.  And I’ve handed it out a few times… but it always requires questions and answers to determine what kind of data you wanted.  (Answered?  Unanswered?  Disciples?  Christ’s Questions?  Etc.)  And so it gets complicated kinda quickly.

So, to sate MOST of you coming to this page I will post below the questions below that Jesus was asked.  To make the layout look OK I removed all the parallel places in the gospels the question was asked.  And I’ve also removed all  the analytics I’ve done in the database as well (Answered, Unanswered, Hostile Questions, etc etc.)  This is just a verse reference – the person asking the question, the question and the answer.  Ok?  Great.  hahah.  (I also just looked at the Google Analytics for the visitors to this page for the last month – and you guys are also coming (50/50 split actually) to find the questions that Jesus asked.  Maybe I’ll dump those here next time.

THE QUESTIONS JESUS WAS ASKED

Q# Verse Asker Question Answer
1 mt 21:16 Chief Priests Do you hear what these children are saying? Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?
2 jn 6:26 Crowds Rabbi, when did you get here? You seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life.
3 jn 6:28 Crowds What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.
4 jn 6:29 Crowds What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? It is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.
5 jn 6:42 Crowds Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?How does he now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’? Do not grumble among yourselves, no one can come to the Me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
6 jn 4:33 Disciples No one brought Him anything to eat, did he? My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
7 mt 13:10 Disciples Why do you speak to them in parables? To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.Therefore I speak in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand…
8 mt 17:19 Disciples Why could we not drive it out? Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move, and it will move.
9 mt 18:1 Disciples Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? truly I say to you you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
10 9:01 Disciples Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be blind? It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
11 lk 17:37 Disciples Where Lord? Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered
12 mt 19:25 Disciples Then who can be saved? With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
13 jn 11:8 Disciples Rabbi, the just were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again? Are there not 12 hours in the day?If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble because he sees the light of this world.
14 mt 21:20 Disciples How did the fig tree whither all at once? If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘be taken up and cast into the sea’ it will happen.
15 16:18 Disciples So they were saying, “What is this that he says, ‘ a little while?’” Are you deliberating together about this, truly truly I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice.
16 mt 24:3 Disciples Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age? See to it that no one misleads you.For many will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ and will mislead many.You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars…
17 mt 26:63 High Priest I adjure you, will you not tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God? You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.
18 lk 22:70 High Priest Are you the son of god then? Yes, I am
19 8:22 Jews Surely He will not kill himself, will He since He says, ‘WhereI am going you cannot come’? You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
20 8:25 Jews Who are you? What have I been saying to you from the beginning?I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.
21 8:33 Jews We are Abraham’s decendents and have never yet been enslaved, how is it that you say, ‘you will become free’? Truly Truly I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.The slave does not remain in the house forever, the son does remain in the house forever.So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
22 8:48 Jews Do we not say rightly that you have a demon? I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor me.But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.If anyone keeps my word he will never see death.
23 8:53 Jews Sure you are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’ and you have not come to know Him, but I know him.Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.
24 8:57 Jews You are not yet 50 years old, and have you seen Abraham? Truly truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I Am.
25 Jn vs25 John Lord, who is it? That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.
26 Matthew 11:3 John the Baptist Are you the expected one, or shall we look for someone else? The blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are reaised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
27 mt 3:14 John the Baptist I have need to be baptized by You, and do you come to me? Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness
28 mt 9:14 John’s Disciples Why do we and the pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bride groom is with them, can they?
29 Mtvs 25 Judas Surely it is not I, Rabbi? You have said it yourself.
30 14:22 Judas (not iscariot) Lord, what then has happened that you are going to disclose yourself to us and not to the world? If anyone loves me he will keep my word; and My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our abode with him.
31 Mt 26:8 Judas Iscariot Why this waste? For this perfume might have sold for a high price and the money given to the poor. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.
32 lk 10:40 Martha Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
33 lk 2:48 Mary Son, why have you treated us this way? Why is it that you were looking for me?Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?
34 mt 20:21 Mother of the sons of zebedee Command that in your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit on your right and one on your left. To sit on my right and on my left, this is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my father.
35 jn 3:4 Nicodemus How can a man be born when he is old? Unless one is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘you must be born again’.
36 jn 3:9 Nicodemus How can these things be? Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?So that whoever believes in Him have eternal life.
37 mt 18:21 Peter Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?Up to seven times? I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
38 mt 19:27 Peter Behold, we have left everything and followed you; what then will there be for us? Truly I say to you, that you who have followed me in the regeneration when the son of man will sit on his glorious throne, you also shall sit upon the twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of israel…
39 13:36 peter Lord, where are you going? Where I go, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow me later.
40 13:37 peter Lord, why can’t I follow you right now?I will lay down my life for you. Will you lay down your life for me?Truly truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny me three times.
41 jn 13:6 peter lord do you wash my feet? What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.
42 v21 Peter Lord, and what about this man (John)? If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?You follow me!
43 mt 26:17 Peter & John Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the passover? Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; I am to keep the passover at your house with my disciples.”
44 mt 22:36 Pharisee Lawyer Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? You shall love the lord your god with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
45 mt 9:11 Pharisees Why is your teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners? It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
46 mt 12:9 pharisees Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? What man is there among you who has a sheep and if it falls into a pit will not take hold of it and lift it out?How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!So then, it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.
47 jn 8:5 Pharisees Now in the Law of Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do you say? He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
48 8:19 Pharisees Where is your Father? You know neither me nor my father; if you knew me you would know my father also.
49 9:40 Pharisees We are not blind too are we? If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘we see’, your sin remains
50 mt 19:3 Pharisees Is it lawful for a man to divoce his wife for any reason at all? Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made the male and female, and said ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be come one flesh?So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
51 mt 19:7 Pharisees Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away? Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.
52 mt 22:17 Pharisees Tell us then, What do you think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? Why are you testing me you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the poll-tax.Whose likeness is this?(Caesar’s) Then render to Caesar the thing that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.
53 v2 Pilate Are you the king of the Jews? It is as you say
54 mt 19:16 Rich Young Ruler What good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life? Why are you asking me about what is good?There is only one who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.
55 mt 19:18 Rich Young Ruler Which ones? You shall not commit murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
56 mt 19:20 Rich Young Ruler All these things I have kept, what am I still lacking? If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
57 mt 22:28 Sadducees In the resurrection, who’s wife of the seven will she be?For they all had married her. You are mistaken, not understanding the scriptures or the power of God.” For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken t
58 jn 4:9 Samaritan Woman How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman? If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink’ you would have asked Him and he would have given you living water.
59 jn 4:11 Samaritan Woman Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.Where then do you get that living water? Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst…
60 mt 13:27 Slaves Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? An enemy has done this!
61 lk 13:22 Someone Lord, are there just a few who are being saved? Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many will seek to enter and will not be able.
62 mt 13:54 The Crowd Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household
63 jn 6:52 The Crowd How can this man give us His flesh to eat? Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats this bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.
64 jn 7:20 The Crowd Who seeks to kill you? I did one deed and you all marvel.For this reason Moses has given you circumcision on the Sabbath.Are you angry with me because I made an entire man well on the sabbath?
65 jn 6:60 The disciples This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it? Does this cause you to stumble? What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?It is the spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
66 mt 15:12 The disciples Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement? Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
67 mt 15:33 The disciples Where would we get so many loaves in this desolateplace to satisfy such a large crowd? How many loaves do you have?
68 Mt 17:10 The disciples Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first? Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished.So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.
69 jn 2:18 The Jews What signs do you show us as your authority for doing these things? Destroy this temple, and in 3 days I will raise it up.
70 jn 7:15 the jews How has this man been educated? My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.If anyone is willing to do his will, he will know of the teaching…
71 jn 10:24 The Jews How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly. I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.
72 jn 7:25 The People Is this not the man whom they were seeking to kill? You both know me and know where I am from; I have not come of myself…
73 14:05 Thomas Lord, we do not know where you are going, how do we know the way? I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father but through me.
74 mt 21:23 Chief Priests By what authority are you doing these things and who gave you this authority? I will also ask you one thing,”The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?”
75 mt 26:62 High Priest Do you not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against you? But Jesus kept silent
76 lk 12:41 Peter Lord, are you addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?
77 mt 15:2 Pharisees Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders?For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ but you say he is not to honor his father or his mother.And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of yo
78 pharisees Who is this man who even forgives sins?
79 v4 Pilate Do you not answer?See how many charges they bring against you! n/a
80 jn 2:20 The Jews It took 46 years to build this temple and you will raise it up in 3 days? But he was speaking of the temple of His body
81 Mt 829 two demon-possessed men What business do we have with each other, Son of God?Have you come here to torment us before the time? And Jesus said to them, Go, and they came out and went into the swine.

Questions Jesus Asked

Verse Responder Question Answer
lk 10:36 A Lawyer Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the
man who fell into the robber’s hands?
The one who showed mercy toward him.
mt 13:51 Disciples Have you understood these things? They said to him, “Yes”
mt 14:31 Disciples You of little faith, why did you doubt? You certainly are God’s son
mt 16:13 Disciples Who do people say that the Son of Man is? Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
8:46 Jews Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I speak the truth why do you not believe me? Do we not say rightly that you are a samaritan and have a demon?
v5 John You don’t have any fish, do you? No.
jn 1:38 John’s Disciples What do you seek? Rabbi, where do you stay? Jesus: Come and you will see.
Legion What is your name? Legion
jn 2:4 Mary Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.”
mt 20:21 Mother of the sons of Zebedee What do you wish? Command that in your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit on your right and one on your left.
jn 6:67 Peter You do not want to go away also, do you? Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.
mt 16:15 Peter But who do you say that I am? You are the Christ, the son of the living God.
mt 17:24 Peter What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers? from strangers
Pharisees So which of them will love him more? I suppose the one whom he forgave more.
jn 5:6 Sick man Do you wish to get well? Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up…
mt 9:27 Two blind men Do you believe that I will do this? Yes Lord
lk 8.45 Woman Who is the one who touched me? when the woman saw she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all people how she had been immediately healed.
mt 20:22 Disciples Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? we are able
v46 God My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me? No answer.
9:35 Healed Man Do you believe in the Son of Man? Who is he Lord that I may believe in Him?
v15 John Simon, Do you love me more than these? Yes, you know I do
v16 John Simon, Do you love me? Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.
v17 John Simon, Do you love me? Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you.
jn 11:34 Lazarus’ family Where have you laid him? Lord come see.
mt 20:32 2 blind men What do you want me to do for you? Lord, we want our eyes to be opened. And he healed them.
jn 11:25 Martha I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? Yes, Lord; I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.
jn 11:40 Martha Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God? So they removed the stone
mt 22:41 Pharisees What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He? The son of David
mt 21:28 The disciples But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ The first
jn 10:31 The Jews I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning me? For a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make yourself out to be God.”
jn 8:19 Woman Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you? No one lord
mt 8:26 Disciples Why are you afraid, you men of little faith? What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?
lk 14:3 Pharisees Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath or not? kept silent
jn 6:70 Disciples Did I myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?
mt 17:17 Disciples You unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you?
Mk 9:33 Disciples What were you discussing on the way? They didn’t answer because they were discussing who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven
mt 23:33 Pharisees You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the
sentence of hell?
mt 22:43 Pharisees Then how does David in the spirit call him Lord…? No one was able to answer him a word, nor did anyone dare from
that day on to ask him another question.
14:09 Phillip Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know me phillip? No answer.
14:10 Phillip Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the father is in Me? No answer.
jn 7:19 The Crowd Did not moses give you the law, and yet non of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill me? You have a demon!
jn 10:34 The Jews Has it not been written in your Law,’ I said, you are gods? Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp

And there you have it. All of the unique questions asked of Jesus and His answers. And all of the unique questions Jesus asked of others and their answers. (Please note, that there are another 40 plus questions that Jesus both asked and answered himself that I left out of the questions Jesus answered.)

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39 Responses

  1. Stephanie T. Green says:

    Very interesting in deed! I am thankful for the high percentage of questions Jesus asked and answered himself. Your study reminds me of a similar but half-hearted attempt I made last year concerning intercessory prayer. We’re told the Lord’s prayer is our model to pattern our prayer life after, but little to none of it addresses intercessory prayer. Yet every time I turn around, I’m being asked to pray for another person and whatever situation they’re in. Sometimes I feel like I spend about 80% of my prayer life addressing the needs of friends, family or strangers. I don’t mind sacrificing the time to do so but I’m at a complete loss as to what power my prayers have when He knows the need, the timing, the outcome and what needs to be done. Me? I don’t know squat. So I set off to keep track of every instance in the NT where someone prayed for another person, thinking there would be many. I think I got through 1 Thess before I gave up. There are tons of examples, especially from Paul. So I concluded: don’t know how, don’t know why….but pretty sure we’re supposed to! :-)

  2. Taylor says:

    Hey there Stephanie!
    I would LOVE to read your study on intercessory prayer. That would be very fascinating indeed. I’ve heard it said that the “Lord’s Prayer” is anything but the Lord’s. It would be more accurate to call it the Disciple’s prayer, as there are things in that prayer that Jesus wouldn’t have prayed.

    But yeah, you are right, I do think we are to pray for others, but the why’s are a bit elusive to me. I mean beyond the obvious. Maybe our prayers help us to have God’s heart, and not our own. We know that God gives us the desires of our heart… and he also gives us our desires… and therefore we are better aligned with Him. Kind of a chicken egg problem. But ultimately our prayer should be for His Will… and not our own. But your study sounds brilliant. I’d love to see it completed through 1 Thess! Heheh.

    Take care…

  3. Larry Lenard says:

    I was asked the question, “How many questions was Jesus asked?” I know that your answer is a subset of this question, so I wondered if you had the found this answer in your initial research. Thanks.

  4. Taylor says:

    Hey there Larry,
    By that question here’s what I think you are asking:

    How many questions was Jesus asked by other people regardless of whethet Jesus answeed it or not, correct?

    I can’t believe I didn’t spell that out buafter rereading

  5. Taylor says:

    Gah! Sorry about that – iPhone fat finger does it every time.

    So after rereading my post again I realized I hadn’t included that info. But by doing some math from what I did post above I was able to guess that the number you are looking for (if I stated it correctly above) would be – that he was asked 75 unique questions throughout the gospels.

    That help?
    Thanks,
    Taylor

  6. Larry Lenard says:

    Now I’m confused. Your original post said he answered 109, but only 72 were asked by others. The question I had was how many questions were there that Jesus didn’t answer, or may have answered with a question. I have a friend who thinks the total number of questions recorded in the gospels is over 200.
    I hope that helps clarify my question.

  7. Taylor says:

    Wait for it,
    Let me go back to my excel sheet and I’ll see if I can’t get you a better answer. But my first guess is that your friend is listing every question Jesus was regardless of whether it is the same story recorded in more than one gospel. Make sense? I removed all te duplicate questions. So for example, at the Last Supper it is recorded in more than one gospel – the question “who will betray you Lord?” is listed multiple times. I only counted that question once.

    I’ll count in a minute and let you know soon…
    Taylor

  8. Taylor says:

    Alright,
    So I really tried to clean up the excel sheet and really evaluated again if the question was really answered or not – which really is quite subjective sometimes – and came up with the following data:

    How Many Questions Was Jesus Asked?
    81 – Number of unique questions asked of Jesus
    73 – Number of unique questions Jesus answered
    8 – Number of unique questions Jesus didn’t answer

    How Many Questions Did Jesus Ask?
    81 – Number of unique questions asked by Jesus
    38 – Number of unique questions answered by Jesus
    43 – Number of unique questions answered by others

    The total number of unique questions posed to or by Christ totaled out to be 162. Total number of non-unique questions throughout the gospels is in the 550 range.

    Hopefully that makes more sense presented that way? For reference, the questions I believe that Christ didn’t answer were as follows:

    1. Matthew 8:29
    2. Matthew 15:2
    3. Matthew 21:23
    4. Matthew 26:62
    5. Mark 15:3
    6. Luke 7:48
    7. Luke 12:41

    Would love to hear if I messed up at all on others you think he did or did not answer. Probably need to rewrite this blog post from the ground up to make it more clear… and to also update the new info. Thanks for the question!

    Taylor

  9. Larry Lenard says:

    Thank you so much. This is an amazing amount of research and quite a blessing. I was quite sure that 200+ questions was a bit much and probably, as you suggested, didn’t take into account the multiple tellings of many of the events.
    Thanks again.

  10. Dave Snihur says:

    Thanks for the work you have done. I am a pastor in London Ontario and I wanted to do a sermon series entitled ” interactive faith – the questions of Jesus”. Even though I have been a pastor for over 30 years I have to admit that I never realize that Jesus asked so many questions. I am particularly surprised that the disciples asked so many and that women past six. thanks for the work you have done this it is been a great help to me. God bless you.

  11. Taylor says:

    Dave!
    What an encouragement you are to me. A lot of times my curiosity gets me running down rabbit trails that never pay off at all. Not even to me! hahah. So to hear that you got value from this little exercise is good. No, its great! No its brilliant.

    So thanks for taking time out to let me know you found it interesting.
    God bless – would love to hear how your sermon series went.
    Taylor

  12. Steve V says:

    That was very interesting, I love the idea of narrowing your focus of study to just see how people learned, when next to Jesus.

    Thank you for all that data-processing.

    I was wondering if you could possibly post a list, or make a downloadable document of all the questions and verses you compiled?

  13. Taylor says:

    Hey Steve,
    Thanks. It is currently in a database, so I would need to figure out what fields and values should be exported – as well as the sort order for each.

    Yeah – I could. Just would take a bit of work to make it happen. How would you list and sort it? By answered? By unanswered? Chronologically? Just curious. Thanks again for the comment!

    Taylor

  14. Steve V says:

    Hmmmm. Good question. Have to think about that…

    I was thinking it would be interesting as a design piece, or a video. To be able to see all the questions that mankind had the chance to ask of God while he was on earth, all on one page, or in 3-5 minutes.

    I think Chronological would make the most sense… because you could see the progression of Jesus’ message, as he starts to reveal what his purpose of coming to earth was.

  15. Taylor says:

    Hey there,
    I went back to my DB and realize I munged the order of the events when I sorted the data incorrectly. But I can work on getting it updated correcty. Just need an hour or so to just align the entries with a list of the events in the gospels paralleled. But I also did an export and saw that it could work as long as I updated that info.

    As a side note, it’ll be tricky to show all 80 (or however many, I forget) in 5 minutes. Especially since sometimes the questions were a give and take… If you know what I mean. But I do like the idea. Once I kick the export out you will see what I mean.

    Taylor

  16. Steve V says:

    Nice!

    Either way, I am really looking forward to seeing all of those in one document. Thanks for doing this.

  17. Nathan Taylor says:

    Hello Taylor!
    So tonight i was just killing some time and I pull up YouTube on my iPhone and I see Taylor Holmes!
    Whoa!

    Interesting blog. Haven’t read all the comments here but I did read your “about Taylor” page and felt encouraged to at least say hey.
    So, well, hey!
    Nathan.

  18. Taylor says:

    Haha,
    You pulled up YouTube and saw me? Hahah. I posted that like a couple days ago. Must be because you have me in your contacts. Fascinating.

    Thanks for saying hey! Hope you and yours are doing well!

    Taylor

  19. R Klimes says:

    Where can I find the list of questions that people asked Jesus?

  20. JHM says:

    Could you send or post the actual spreadsheet of all the questions?

  21. JHM & R Klimes – I have updated the blog with a list of the questions asked of Jesus and the responses given. Due to space limitations here (width mainly) I did not include much information beyond the person asking, the question and the answer. But it will give you a start none the less.

    I’m also thinking about listing out the questions Jesus asked. We’ll see. Takes a while to export out of the database and format it in HTML. But it’d be nice to have I think for everyone swinging through.

  22. Alright! Woohoo. What a productive day. I just added all the questions that Jesus asked as well. Please note – I did NOT include the questions that Jesus answered himself. There are another 40 or so that fit in this category where he asked AND answered. Regardless… the page is getting mighty long as it is! haha.

    Until next time.
    taylor

  23. Rev.Hameed Barkat says:

    Since my 49 years services I was not so much blessed and excited to know about this mysterios reality that how many times our Savior Jesus Christ was asked questions and how He satisfacterly answerd each question.I am so greatful to you for giving such a wonderful and unique Biblical studies. May God Bless You. Thanks so much.

  24. Taylor says:

    Good sir,
    By far the coolest blog comment Ive ever received. Thanks a bunch for taking the time out to leave a comment. Really meant a lot.

    Until next time,
    Taylor

  25. Dennis says:

    Aloha Taylor, Thank you for this information. I was working on a sermon for this Sunday and your info was a big help. Blessings to you.

  26. Dave Hampson says:

    Taylor,
    Great job on the research. I have used your information in my Doctoral Thesis on using Blended Online Learning to Make Disciples in the 21st Century. I love the way you think!
    Dave Hampson

  27. Hey there Dave,
    Coolness. I’ve always wanted to go and get a doctorate – but seeing as though life has definitely not allowed time for such greatness I will settle for being a part of yours. If you don’t mind sharing it when (or before) you complete it I would love to read it. Sounds like a great topic. Have you seen this particular blog and exchange in the comments?

    http://taylorholmes.com/2012/08/11/the-mysteries-of-the-universe/

    Seems even more fitting for your topic. But regardless, I am happy…. check that, I am giddy at the opportunity to be an itty bitty piece of your hard work. Have a great day.

    Taylor

  28. Bob says:

    Hello Taylor…great information you have given. It definitely an interesting subject of the questions that Jesus asked and was asked. I was doing some research as I began to think about the question that Jesus asked in Luke 18:8 where He asked, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” That started my quest on finding out about all the questions that Jesus asked, and then I came across your site in my Google search. But I am kind of dense on this, as I cannot figure out from what you have given us here the total number of questions that Jesus asked and was asked. If you could help me with this, I would certainly appreciate it. May the Lord guide you and keep you as you serve Him.

  29. Taylor says:

    Hey there Bob,
    I answered that question in the comments – but here it is again. Thanks for swinging through!

    How Many Questions Did Jesus Ask?
    81 – Number of unique questions asked by Jesus
    73 – Number of unique questions Jesus answered
    8 – Number of unique unanswered questions by Jesus

    That a little clearer?
    Thanks,
    Taylor

  30. Bob says:

    Taylor…thanks for the update and letting me know about the number of questions that Jesus asked. I appreciate your taking the time to answer. As we study the Word, there is so much that we do not know, and that is why we must study the Word all of our lives. One day when we get to heaven, we will know much more, and a lot of things will be much clearer.

  31. Andrew says:

    Taylor…This research is still a real blessing several years after you first did it and I am sure it will be for many years to come. I was just considering doing something similar, but can now direct my efforts in a different direction. My question to you is do you get a sense having studied the questions in depth that Jesus was mainly giving cryptic answers encouraging the questioner to seek after God himself or herself rather than dishing it up on a plate to satisfy someone’s curiosity about spiritual matters? Sometimes I think the whole Bible is a bit like that. God expects us to dig for truth and find the real nuggets rather than blindly quoting passages or glib answers out of context. You have certainly spent a lot of time digging, sifting and finding some of the key points in the gospels. Is this your view? For instance Jesus didn’t spend any time as recorded in the Gospels talking about the Trinity, blood sacrifice, substitution, worship in the synagogue or in the Temple etc etc. He left us some room to take different opinions on some matters as long as we are seeking first His Kingdom. You don’t have to answer the question directly if you think your answer might be misinterpreted! Thanks again. Andrew

  32. Hey there Andrew,
    Thanks for asking your questions – I love digging into this kind of stuff. So I am honored to give it a go.


    “My question to you is do you get a sense having studied the questions in depth that Jesus was mainly giving cryptic answers encouraging the questioner to seek after God himself or herself rather than dishing it up on a plate to satisfy someone’s curiosity about spiritual matters?”

    Having dug through the questions one by one and classifying each one I really get the feeling like it isn’t Jesus being cryptic or shady… but that the people that were interacting with Him just didn’t get it. (Kinda like me I guess!) So for example what if today Jesus was here with you and me, and we were upset about the shootings in Santa Barbara maybe? And so we say to Him “Master, tell us about the shootings in Santa Barbara please, what is up with that?” And His response goes like this, “Do you suppose that these Californians were greater sinners than all other Californians because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those 227 missing in that Malaysian plane who have been killed, they were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (I took that answer straight from Luke 13 and the tower of Siloam) He didn’t answer our questions about the plane. He didn’t answer our questions about the nutjob with the gun. He didn’t titillate at all. In Luke 13 He knew they were thinking that those victims were enormous sinners and that is why they died, so that is what he spoke to. BUT ULTIMATELY, he spoke to their own hearts. He said, YOU repent… don’t worry about them, you worry about your own sin, your own hearts.

    That is why I think His answers were so confusing. Like the woman at the well. She wanted to dodge his meddling in her life and talk about politics. He had none of that… He went for the jugular with her, and in so doing the whole town was saved. Right? But we would prefer to have our questions about whether we should worship here, or there, or in Jerusalem, or the Malaysian flight, or the shootings, or my car crash, or my dentist visit answered instead. If that makes any sense at all.


    “For instance Jesus didn’t spend any time as recorded in the Gospels talking about the Trinity, blood sacrifice, substitution, worship in the synagogue or in the Temple etc etc.”

    Totally, you are making my point for me. After doing this research I have thought about for the last couple months, writing a modern gospel. Place the events of 2000 years ago in a modern context with modern people and events. Just for fun, just to give context to the passages that confound so many. And this would be one of the larger points out of doing an exercise like that. “Jesus, that church over there uses a video link with 7 other campuses… is that Biblical? What about that group over there that hates the drums? Aren’t they wrong? Or oh oh oh, I know, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” Ok so I joke. Your questions are more legit. But even so, it was amazing how much we get hung up on the details of the laws. And His response was always back to loving God, loving others. But SACRIFICES?!? That’s a big deal, right? Sorta. In Matthew 9:13 he said, “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” BLAM! Just so left field. Its probably why he prefaced it with, go figure this out… I want you to show mercy…. not sacrifice, or ritual, or restraint. I want an abundance of grace. So I don’t think he was being cryptic per se, I think that we just don’t ultimately understand what truly matters – and that is what causes the “crypticness”. Right? So, in one sense, yes… you need to go and figure out what it was he was really saying, because ultimately, that’s the answer. Not your question, but His response. And in following His line of thinking, not yours, you will come closer to the truth.

    One of the main reasons I know that Jesus is God is because He just didn’t follow any sort of human mold at all. Humans wanted to box Him in and He was just unboundable. Individuals wanted to turn Him into a slot-machine to get what they want out of Him (position, miracles, prophecy, whatever) and He just wouldn’t have it. We come with our political questions, or questions about gun rights, or about my house purchase, or my awful boss??? His response is gonna be along the lines of “Love me first… everything else will fall into place after that.” We ask deep profound questions about the creation of the universe? I’m betting He flips that conversation around on you and comes back with, Yeah, I was there then, but who cares about that, how are you doing wrt putting me first in all of your life? Let’s talk about that first!

    And right now I’m personally convicted because I’ve been asking Him all manner of selfish questions about me, me, me, me. My job. My house. My loan. My friends. My adoption. My stuff. And I haven’t been focusing on diving wholeheartedly into Him. That is where we find peace. Does that make sense Andrew? I’m sure it sounds like I side stepped your question, but I really wasn’t! hahah.

  33. Andrew says:

    Thanks Taylor. I think you’re right. Jesus was fully aware of the micro-issues which were huge for the people of the day in their context, but he was also fully aware of the big, macro-issues which would still be relevant thousands of years later such as grace, love, seeking first the Kingdom, dying to self, faith and repentance. He was able to make the point that the Father seeks worshippers who will worship in spirit and truth and thereby avoid adding any fuel to the conflicts over all the trivialities which we all get so hung up over. The more I study the Gospels the more amazed I am that the pivotal issue of the Resurrection is never really explained in detail, like Creation in Genesis it is just reported and assumed without all the intricate details which we would like to know, but which would probably end up dividing us. Jesus must have decided to stick to the basics as far as deep theological explanations were concerned and let us get on with it!
    It’s a bit like that classic line in Romans – men are without excuse because the invisible qualities of God can be clearly seen. I guess it’s not really cryptic, but has a depth to it that needs unpacking by eyes, hearts and minds being open to the truth. The truth will set you free. Thanks again for your research. A gospel in the context of the 21st century would be interesting. It’s worth exploring. Andrew

  34. Andrew,
    I would love to hear more about what you mean by the resurrection not being explained in detail. Are you meaning, like, where did Christ go after death, how exactly did he snag the keys to death, etc etc? I have been digging into the days of His death and resurrection in quite some detail in the last month. (Not trying to be divisive) but I don’t think he died on Friday, I think it was actually Wednesday afternoon / Wednesday evening (Wednesday – Thursday from a Jewish definition of day.) Mainly because of Christ saying that like Jonah, the son of man would be in the belly of the whale three days and three nights. Friday doesn’t leave enough time for three full days and nights. But does that matte?!? No, not at all. I just find it interesting that the Church has probably gotten it wrong all these years. But is it ok that we get this wrong?! Yes! Very much so. It just doesn’t matter.

    But like you said, its the bigger issues of faith. Grace. Love. That actually matter. Forgiveness of sins through the atonement blood shed on the cross. This is really what matters.

    Another data point for you. I love it when the disciples point out the temple (which was one of the greatest architectural achievements of their day) and say something like, isn’t this the greatest thing ever? I mean, LOOK AT IT… ITS AMAZING!! What does Jesus say? (Mark 13) I mean, being outside of time – what would you say if someone said this ephemeral thing was truly amazing? ‘He said “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”’ From the disciples standpoint in time this is the biggest killjoy on the planet. But from Christ’s vantage outside of time he was doing multiple things… he was pointing out what really mattered, he was pointing out that He really was God and was prescient. Right? Its a different agenda.

    And that is the thing I take away from reading the gospels over and over again. God has a different agenda than I do. I need His heart as opposed to my convincing Him to get on with my agenda. Andrew – thanks a ton for the chat. I love talking about this stuff. I could do it all day long. If you are ever in the colorado springs area I say we get a coffee, my treat. haha.

  35. Andrew says:

    Likewise if you ever plan to come over to the south-west of England you’re welcome to come here. The thing about the Resurrection is you get four slightly different versions of the discovery of the empty tomb and then some very brief encounters with the risen Christ. All the details are left to our imagination as far as what happened from the moment the tomb was sealed until it was discovered empty. As you say there is even some doubt as to the days. I guess we don’t need to know the details and there were no human eyewitnesses, but a few more details would be interesting!

  36. Taylor says:

    The south west of England?! How awesome is that. Give me an excuse and I’ll be on a plane! I met my wife at school in the Lake District. I swing through London occasionally as my employer, Compassion International, has offices near Heathrow. I was there a couple years ago and stuck for over a week because of that infernal volcano! Hahah. Beautiful blue skies and not a plane in sight. It was awesome. Where exactly in England. Hay on Wye is one of my favorite towns on the planet – that’s sorta south west! Hehe.

    Yes, you are right… The tomb becomes a magicians box from the moment it’s sealed to the moment Christ is seen alive again. Christ’s only clue that he gives is when the women try to cling to him he mentioned he hadn’t ascended to the Father yet. Or something like that. I really will have to post my thoughts on the three day business. But ultimately, yes, it doesn’t matter but it’d be interesting. I have been thinking a lot about why Christ himself didn’t declare sacrifices specifically ended in his death and resurrection. I mean, it is obvious, since that was the point. But now that I think about it I wonder why he didn’t spell it out for us.

    Thanks for getting me thinking! And I’ll be over to your house tomorrow then!?! Fish and chips in newspaper… Mayo and oil and buckets of salt?!? Hahah. Brilliant. Take care Andrew.

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