10 Interesting Bible Facts About Jesus

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There are so many amazing and interesting facts in the Bible. Check out this list of ten interesting facts about Jesus.

The Name Jesus

Jesus is the English transliteration of the Greek name Iesus. Joshua is the English transliteration of the Hebrew name Yeshuah. Both Jesus and Joshua mean Yahweh saves or Jehovah is salvation. The name Jesus appears in the Bible more than 900 times. [Transliteration means that the word is not translated from one language to another, but tries to represent the same letters/characters from one language to another. Pronunciation may or may not be preserved.]

The Word Christ

Christ is not actually a name, but a title. When the Bible talks about the Messiah in the Old Testament, it is referring to the same title as the New Testament calls Christ. Both Messiah and Christ mean anointed one. Jesus was anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38) and was the promised redeemer. The first promise of a redeemer in the Bible was in Genesis 3:15. The word Christ appears in the Bible more than 500 times.

Jesus’ Titles For Himself

Jesus said He was the bread of life and the living bread (6:35, 48, 51). He was the light of the world (John 8:12). Jesus was the good shepherd (John 10:11, 14). Jesus outright claimed to be the Son of God (John 10:36). He also liked to call himself the Son of man (Matthew 20:28). He said He was the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Foods Jesus Ate

Jesus ate bread (Matthew 26:26), which has been a common food throughout history. He ate clean meats such as lamb (Luke 22:15) and fish (Matthew 14:19). He may have eaten eggs because of His statement that eggs is a good gift (Luke 11:12, 13). The Old Testament says that Jesus would eat butter and honey (Isaiah 7:15). Luke 24:42 and43 says that Jesus ate broiled fish and honeycomb after His resurrection.

Jesus Was a Carpenter

Jesus was known to be a carpenter (Mark 6:3). This indicates that He not only grew up in the house of a carpenter (Matthew 13:55), but He worked in the trade at least long enough that people knew Him to be a carpenter too. There is a question of exactly what the word translated as carpenter really means. The Greek word is tekton, which is a generic word for anyone who makes things. This was applied to craftsmen of various objects. Early writings, tradition and culture indicate that Jesus probably worked with wood in some form. Therefore carpenter is a fine translation of this word.

Jesus’ Birthday

Jesus’ birthday is generally celebrated on December 25 each year. However, the Bible does not tell us exactly when His birthday was. Various scholars have put the Birth of Christ sometime in winter or early spring. We celebrate His birth at Christmas, but there is no record in the Bible of the early Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Jesus and John the Baptist

John the Baptist was Jesus’ second cousin. Mary (the mother of Jesus) and Elisabeth (the mother of John) were cousins (Luke 1:36). John was about 6 months older than Jesus (Luke 1:36). In John chapter 1 when John the Baptist declares Jesus as the Lamb of God (v. 36) this is probably not the first time they met. They were likely together often as children and young men growing up.

Jesus’ Family

Jesus had several half-brothers and sisters ( Matthew 12:46-47; 13:55-56). At least some of his brothers were named James, Joses, Simon and Judas. His sisters are not named in the Bible. History says that James became the head of the church in Jerusalem.

Jesus Was Passionate

Some portrayals of Jesus in films and popular culture have Him walking around like a disconnected being who is hanging around to solve problems. However, the Bible shows some very passionate scenes from the life of Christ. He overthrew the tables of the money changers in the temple (Matthew 21:12, 13). He was moved to tears at the news of Lazarus’ death (John 11:35). The Bible says many times that Jesus was moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36-38; 21:12, Mark 1:41 and others).

Jesus and Simon

There was a man conscripted to help Jesus carry the cross up to Golgotha. This man’s name was Simon (Matthew 27:32). This man was from Cyrene which was also called Niger in Acts 13:1. This is not in the country known as Niger today. Rather he was from the country of Libya. Simon had two sons who were apparently known to the early church. Mark 15:21 says that Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus as if the readers of the Gospel would know those two men.

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Sky Wolf April 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm

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Rachel November 12, 2020 at 7:38 am

Same here


Grace April 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

Jesus Lives


oppopopo September 18, 2018 at 11:34 pm

tyanks bro!!!!!


Hungry shark 21 April 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm

It helped with my homework as well


Tom May 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Jesus is the ONLY one or item that the exact time of his appearance was recorded in the bible.Note that in the time give to Daniel concerning the appearance of the Messia was 483 years from the date of the return of Jews to Canaan Land. Jesus said I go to Jerusalem as my time is now.


Ngoni Griffith May 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Jesus was not married. Many people claim He was, but He stated in John 8:23, “Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” He also says in Luke 20:34, “The children of this world, marry and are given in marriage…”


Amy November 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

This is very offensive


Jack Wellman November 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

Hello Amy. Why was Ngoni’s comment offensive to you? It was exactly on the mark. What was wrong with it?


Louis October 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

this was useful for my homework however i only used 1 fact


Sean November 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

Jesus DOES NOT Mean Yahweh Saves……….. The Letter J Didn’t Exist Till Between 1452-1524…. There is NO J or J Sound To This Day in The Aramaic, Hebrew & Latin Alphabets….


Hayley Gallant November 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

Was Jesus really born in a manger?


Jack Wellman November 18, 2016 at 10:31 am

That’s what the Bible says Hayley. Do you not believe the Bible? Luke 2:7 says “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” A manager is a feeding trough for animals and so it’s appropriate since they couldn’t find a room, and besides, we are fed on the Bread of Life, Who is Jesus Christ. Do you not believe God’s Word?


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Kevin July 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

Jesus did not have any biological brothers or sisters. Mary is and was a perpetual virgin. The term brother or sister used in the Bible in Jesus’ case was used as a term of endearment as it is often used among Christian “brothers and sisters” today.


Jack Wellman July 19, 2017 at 8:44 am

Hello Kevin. James is called “the brother of Jesus” in the New Testament so Mary was not a virgin, only when Jesus was born was she. The Bible is crystal clear that Jesus not only had brothers but sisters too. Read:

Matthew 1:24-25 “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” Then, these scriptures not only tell us that Jesus had brothers and sisters, but it actually lists some of them by name.

(Matthew 13:55-56)
“Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon,
and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?”

(Mark 6:3-4)
“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.”

(Galatians 1:19)
“But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.”

Clearly, Jesus had siblings and that establishes the fact that Mary was not a perpetual virgin and the Bible doesn’t even teach that anyway sir.


Keith C Lauver July 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

Thanks for the detailed commentary Jack… I trust Kevin read your responses and is looking them up to reply with a big TY2

The statement of Truth followed by the question for the ages a: Jesus IS coming again… Are you (for anyone/everyone who might read this) ready? If you wish to connect, understand what is required to “be ready” feel free to reply.

Hope to meet you in Heaven, as we sing Amazing Grace & worship our Savior Lord Jesus the Christ, our Brother ❤️


Robert July 26, 2017 at 10:08 am

Jack, brother, she was asking a question. Maybe not everyone is a scholar of the Bible like you. Take opportunities like this to help someone learn and to show the love of Christ. To have all of the wisdom and no love, the wisdom is of no affect.


Jack Wellman July 26, 2017 at 10:50 am

Hello Robert. I don’t even know which comment you are referring to. Can you be more specific before you criticize me? I only refer people to the Bible. I am nothing. His Word is everything. So we are not to do as Paul commands when we find error? (2 Tim 3:16-17).


jhonathen October 29, 2017 at 11:51 am

man my house is 2 story but somtimes i wish i was a smaller cause noises in it are scary sometimes what if its haunted or jesus is walking around in it that would be crazy


Jack Wellman October 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

I don’t know if your house is haunted or not but they are not ghosts but demons who are “familiar spirits” meaning they are familiar with those who’s body’s they imitate. For example, if someone thinks they’ve seen grandma’s ghost, t’s not grandma’s ghost we might see but a demon who was familiar with your grandma and knows what she looks like and sounds like.


ty March 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm

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Corey February 6, 2020 at 11:49 am

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Len Hanley October 16, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Jesus would not celebrate nor participate in Halloween,but rather expose it.


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