Easter Pop Quiz

Okay, my friends, it is pop quiz time. Here is a set of questions from yesteryear. Enjoy!

Easter I. Q. Test

Instructions:  this is an “open book” test.  Place an “x” on the line if you think the answer is Biblically correct:

1.  The woman/women who went to the tomb was/were:
____a. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
____b. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, & Salome
____c. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna & others
____d. Mary Magdalene

2.  The time of early morning was:
____a. When the sun had risen
____b. While it was still dark

3.  At the tomb was/were:
____a. An angel     ____b. A young man
____c. Two men    ____d. Two angels

4.  The reaction of the woman/women was one of:
____a. Amazement, astonishment
____b. Fear and trembling
____c. Great joy

5.  After leaving the tomb, the woman/women:
____a. Told the disciples    ____b. Said nothing to anyone

6.  The reaction of the disciples at first was that:
____a. They didn’t believe the women; seemed an idle tale
____b. Peter & John went immediately to the tomb

7.  Jesus first appeared to the disciples:
____a. In Galilee, on a mountain
____b. In an upper room in Jerusalem

8.  Jesus seemingly last appeared to the disciples:
____a. On a mountain in Galilee
____b. On a mountain in Bethany (or just outside Bethany)
____c. By the Sea of Tiberias

9.  The gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples:
____a. Before Jesus ascended; in the upper room he breathed on them
____b. After Jesus ascended, on the Day of Pentecost

10. We have many details about the crucifixion and death of Jesus.  Which Gospel writer gives the most details about the actual Resurrection of Jesus from the grave?  Which one best describes what happened when Jesus rose from the dead?
____a. Matthew  ____b. Mark   ____c. Luke   ____d. John

The answers are found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, and Acts 1. In questions 1 through 9, all of the choices are correct, and in question 10, none are correct, since none of the Gospels describe the actual Resurrection of Christ;  only what happened afterward.

The first mention of the resurrection comes from the Apostle Paul in his letters which were written decades before the Gospels. He fails to mention an empty tomb. It was the living presence of Christ of which he speaks. And for me that’s what matters most – the living presence of Christ which is alive in you and me, in the church, and throughout the world.

Shalom, Paul