John 20 Bible Study Questions

Questions for John chapter 20 Bible study

John 20 Bible Study Questions

Questions for John 20 Bible Study

John 20:1 Bible Study Questions

Are the "chief priests and Pharisees" concerned that Jesus may rise from the dead in Matthew 27:62-66?

What is the flaw in what the chief priests and Pharisees said?

Why did they go to Pilate instead of just ordering their own temple guards to guard the tomb?

Why are the chief priests and Pharisees even bothered by a prophecy given by a man they just successfully murdered?


John 20:1 Bible Study Questions

Who saw the stone being rolled away (see Mark 16)?

Who rolled away the stone (see Matthew 28)?

How many angels were there?

What did the angels look like?

Did the angel roll away the stone to let Jesus out?

Which women went to the tomb?

When did they go?


John 20:2-10 Bible Study Questions

How does Matthew 28:5-8 reconcile with Mark 16:6-8?

What news had the angels shared with the women about Jesus?

Who is "she" (John 20:2)?

Does she believe what the angels told her?

Who was "the other disciple" (John 20:3) who outran Peter to the tomb?

Did he go inside the tomb first?

What is meant by, "he saw and believed" (John 20:8)?

What does the detail, "the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself" (John 20:7) imply?


John 20:11-17 Bible Study Questions

Which Mary is at the tomb of Jesus?

How did Mary Magdalene get back to the tomb?

Whom did Mary see inside the tomb that Peter and John didn’t see?

Where were they "sitting" in the tomb (John 20:12)?

Why did the angels ask Mary, "Woman, why are you weeping" (John 20:13)?

What does Mary's response to them indicate about them?

Why didn't Mary "know that it was Jesus" after seeing "Jesus standing there" (John 20:14) and even hearing His voice?

What did Mary want?

Is hearing Jesus' "Mary!" likely to have affected her emotions?

Why would Mary "cling" (John 20:17) to Jesus?

If you had been in Mary's position, would you have clung to Jesus?

Do you cling to Jesus today?


John 20:18 Bible Study Questions

Was Mary Magdalene a former prostitute as some claim?

Was Mary Magdalene the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 8?

Did Mary Magdalene later marry Jesus and have kids with Him?

Was Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus out of whom demons had been cast out (see Luke 8)?

What happened to "Mary the mother of James, and Salome" (Mark 16:1) who originally had accompanied Mary Magdalene to the tomb (see Matthew 28)?

So what is the correct sequence of events?

What did Mary Magdalene do after meeting Jesus?


John 20:18 Bible Study Questions

What happened to the Roman guards at Jesus' tomb who "shook for fear ... and became like dead men" (Matthew 28:4) at seeing the angel?

What is amazing about the chief priests' actions upon being informed by the Roman guards?

Why did the Roman guards at the tomb go along with their plot?

How wise were the Roman guards' actions and decisions?

When you sin against God, do you confess your sins directly to Him, repent, and seek His forgiveness, or do you try to hide from Him?


John 20:18 Bible Study Questions

To whom did Jesus appear after Mary Magdalene (see Luke 24)?

Where was Emmaus?

Who were these two men?

Were they two of Jesus' twelve apostles?

Do they see Jesus as their Savior?

So what does Jesus do for these two men?

When did this happen?

So, to how many people did Jesus appear before He appeared to His eleven remaining apostles?


John 20:19-21 Bible Study Questions

What does "Peace be with you" (John 20:19) mean?

So, was Jesus simply saying "hello" when He said "Peace be with you" (John 20:19, 21) to His disciples?

Peace in what?

What is the source of your peace?

When is "the first day of the week" (John 20:19)?

What else did Jesus say to His disciples during this evening (see Luke 24)?

Why didn't Jesus appear to the eleven disciples first?

Why did Jesus ask about food and then eat the fish and honeycomb?

What is Jesus telling them in Luke 24:44 and Luke 24:46?

What finally enabled them to understand?

How is that different today?

What did Jesus say we are supposed to do once we comprehend?

Do you?


John 20:22-23 Bible Study Questions

Why does Jesus breathe on them and tell them to "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22) now?

Don't they receive the Holy Spirit again a few weeks later?

Why does Jesus "breathe" (John 20:22) on them all of a sudden (see Genesis 2)?

Who can forgive sins (see Mark 2)?

Then why does Jesus say to His disciples, “Whose soever sins you forgive, they were forgiven them; whose soever sins you retain, they were retained” (John 20:23)?

Why didn't He just tell them that He forgives sins as per His instructions in the Bible?

What were His instructions on whose sins are and aren't forgiven?

What do we call people who claim that Jesus gave His apostles the right to make up on their own which sins to forgive and to not forgive, and that that right has been passed down to them and to no one else?


John 20:24-27 Bible Study Questions

Why was Thomas "called Twin" (John 20:24)?

Why are the disciples present referred to as "the eleven" in Luke 24:33 if Thomas wasn't with them?

How many times did the other disciples tell Thomas that they have seen the resurrected Jesus?

When did Jesus appear to Thomas and reappear to the other disciples?

What else did Jesus' words in John 20:27 communicate to Thomas?


John 20:28-31 Bible Study Questions

Why did Thomas say to Jesus, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28)?

What did Thomas believe Jesus to be?

If Thomas was wrong, what would He have done?

What does Jesus' response to Thomas indicate?

How does Jesus’ resurrection prove what Thomas said?

Did Thomas say to Jesus, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28) after touching Jesus’ scars as Jesus invited him (see Thomas the Twin)?

Will you ask to touch His scars before making that declaration?

Why was this gospel written?

Are the "many other signs" that Jesus did but "are not written in this book" (John 20:30) lost for good?