What Myers Briggs personality type was Jesus? (ENFJ)

I’ve often wondered. Now I’m going to use this test to try to find out. This is, of course, slightly tongue in cheek. I think these tests are useful, and descriptive, but not prescriptive.

 

Jesus was a human though. So one imagines that he acted like a human and had a personality, many of these questions would normally require a both/and approach so the answers are shaky… but I’ve tried to back up my answers to the test questions with some sort of reference to the Bible. The working out is after the “continue reading” link…

The results are in…

ENFJ
Extravert(44%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(50%) Judging(67%)

You have moderate preference of Extraversion over Introversion (44%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)
You have distinctive preference of Judging over Perceiving (67%)

They’re obviously imperfect results, because the test isn’t geared towards people who by nature transcend complex dichotomies – Jesus is fully God and fully man – it doesn’t get more dichotomous than that.

But, according to the personality profile… Jesus is “the giver” – which sounds about right.

Especially in the light of Jesus own statement about his human life… in Mark 10…

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Some of the bits from that profile…

As an ENFJ, you’re primary mode of living is focused externally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system. Your secondary mode is internal, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.

ENFJs are people-focused individuals. They live in the world of people possibilities. More so than any other type, they have excellent people skills. They understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others. ENFJ’s main interest in life is giving love, support, and a good time to other people. They are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get their best personal satisfaction from this.”

ENFJ’s are so externally focused that it’s especially important for them to spend time alone. This can be difficult for some ENFJs, because they have the tendency to be hard on themselves and turn to dark thoughts when alone. Consequently, ENFJs might avoid being alone, and fill their lives with activities involving other people. ENFJs tend to define their life’s direction and priorities according to other people’s needs, and may not be aware of their own needs. It’s natural to their personality type that they will tend to place other people’s needs above their own, but they need to stay aware of their own needs so that they don’t sacrifice themselves in their drive to help others.

Here’s the working…

1. You are almost never late for your appointments.

Yes. Jesus is never late. He is always on time.

That’s a gimme. So, for example, the arrangements for the last supper in Matthew 26…

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

Then there’s Romans 5:6…

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

2. You like to be engaged in an active and fast-paced job

Yes. I imagine ruling the universe is pretty fast-paced. So Hebrews 1…

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.

You may argue that this is cheating a little as it focuses on Christ’s divinity, rather than his humanity – but if he is in heaven with his resurrected body, and he’s interceding for us (ala Romans 8), I think this is legit. I could also go back into the Old Testament, and creation itself, and suggest that Jesus has always been pretty busy.

3. You enjoy having a wide circle of acquaintances

Yes. While Jesus had a close knit group of 12, there were also 72 people around him who he could “send out”… in Luke 10…

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go”

4. You feel involved when watching TV soaps

This one obviously requires some anachronism. I’m going with yes. Because Jesus taught in parables – so he could empathise with characters in a drama in order to present a drama, and because soap operas are real life on steroids – and Jesus was a pretty emotional and empathetic guy. So Matthew 9…

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

5. You are usually the first to react to a sudden event, such as the telephone ringing or unexpected question.

Yes. Although sometimes his disciples jumped in with their own reaction. But Luke 8 would be an example…

“And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.”

6. You are more interested in a general idea than in the details of its realization

Here is one where I think the “both” is best expressed as a no. Jesus came to realise God’s plan. Some examples of Jesus specifically shaping his life to achieve detailed realisation of a “general” idea…

Luke 18…

“Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”

Matthew 26…

“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.”

Luke 24…

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them,“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,beginning at Jerusalem.

Here’s what Peter says in Acts 2…

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.”

7. You tend to be unbiased even if this might endanger your good relations with people

Yes. I think Jesus was clearly more interested in unbiased truth than good relationships with people (though he was interested in good relationships with people). His interactions with the Pharisees who were trying to kill him would be an example, as would his approach to his trials, first with the Sanhedrin, and then with Pilate, who clearly wanted an out so that he didn’t have to kill him…

So Mark 14…

Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

And 15…

“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

8. Strict observance of the established rules is likely to prevent a good outcome

This one is tricky. It depends which rules. Jesus was obviously into the strict observance of God’s rules – these were necessary for him to live the perfectly obedient life… but when it came to the rules of the religious establishment – the Pharisees… he wasn’t such a stickler. So I’m going with “no” – because we’re talking about his approach to humanity.

So Mark 3…

“Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.”

And Mark 7…

“The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

Also – it was arguably his strict observance of the actual established rules that got him crucified. Whether that’s a good outcome or not depends on perspective. But I can see how this could be a yes.

9. It’s difficult to get you excited 

I went with a no on this. There are plenty of examples where Jesus operates in a heightened emotional state. Sometimes it seems pretty “easy”… like when he curses a fig tree… oh yeah, then cleans out the temple… in Mark 11.

“Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.”

10. It is in your nature to assume responsibility

Yes. One of John’s “I Am” statements ought to do the trick here… from John 10.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheepthat are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

11. You often think about humankind and its destiny

Yes. Matthew 25.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”

12. You believe the best decision is one that can be easily changed

No. See 6.

13. Objective criticism is always useful in any activity

Yes. See Jesus interactions with the Pharisees, and with his disciples… like after he’s just calmed the storm… (some people might think this isn’t a time for objectivity…). So, Mark 4

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!””

14. You prefer to act immediately rather than speculate about various options

I’d say a qualified yes here, Jesus might prayerfully speculate about various options in the Garden of Gethsemane – but he also acts decisively and does the whole “detailed realisation” (6) thing from above…

15. You trust reason rather than feelings

This is a “both” one, I think… But I think while Jesus is profoundly human and emotional – he is also the “logos” made flesh. The embodiment of divine reason. So I went with yes.

16. You are inclined to rely more on improvisation than on prior planning

It’s hard to improvise when you’re following a plan set out before the beginning of time. So no.

17. You spend your leisure time actively socializing with a group of people, attending parties, shopping, etc.

This one is hard to answer. I think it’s a yes. Jesus goes out on his own a bit, but he also goes to a lot of parties…

Mark 2…

Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

18. You usually plan your actions in advance

Yes. See 6.

19. Your actions are frequently influenced by emotions

Yes. See 4.

20. You are a person somewhat reserved and distant in communication

No. Except that parables are somewhat designed to be “distant” to particular people… The whole point of Jesus’ life is removing the communication distance between us and God… and I think this is modelled in how Jesus lives and interacts with people.

John 1.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

21. You know how to put every minute of your time to good purpose

Yes. See 6.

22. You readily help people while asking nothing in return

Yes. See 10. Also, the cross.

23. You often contemplate the complexity of life

Yes. But also its profound simplicity under God… But this is a contemplation of the complexity of life – from the profound Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

24. After prolonged socializing you feel you need to get away and be alone

Yes. Luke 5…

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

25. You often do jobs in a hurry

I’m going with “no” on this, it took Jesus three years of ministry to get to the cross – but a smaller example is the healing of the Jairus’ daughter, in Mark 5… where there’s a bit of a delay.

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask,‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.”

26. You easily see the general principle behind specific occurrences

Yes. See 6.

27. You frequently and easily express your feelings and emotions

Yes. See 4.

28. You find it difficult to speak loudly. 

No. Jesus is able to speak to large crowds before microphones were invented…

29. You get bored if you have to read theoretical books

No. The Old Testament is profoundly theoretical, and Jesus seems to know what it’s about and be able to quote it with depth, even as a kid… so Luke 2…

“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.”

30. You tend to sympathize with other people

Yes. See 4, etc.

31. You value justice higher than mercy

This one is another paradox – he values justice so much he dies to achieve it, but his death is an act of mercy. I’m going to say the answer is “no” because even valuing them equally is a “no” – and, if pressed, I think mercy is probably the dominant aspect of the cross.

32. You rapidly get involved in the social life of a new workplace

Yes. I think. Every town he goes to he rapidly becomes the centre of attention – and his own description of his life when he’s arrested would seem to support this answer.

In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

33. The more people with whom you speak, the better you feel. 

This one is tricky. I’m going to say “no” – because I think that best reflects Jesus’ need for solitude after he speaks to crowds. But that needs to be balanced with the satisfaction felt when doing one’s job – and Jesus’ own description of his job being to seek and save the lost…

34. You tend to rely on your experience rather than on theoretical alternatives

Yes. I think the best evidence is in his temptation, in Matthew 4…

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

35. You like to keep a check on how things are progressing

Yes. See 6.

36. You easily empathize with the concerns of other people

Yes. See 4.

37. You often prefer to read a book than go to a party

I’m going to go with no here, though I think he spent a fair bit of time, growing up, reading a book – the Old Testament. See 17.

38. You enjoy being at the center of events in which other people are directly involved

I am giving a qualified “yes” here – Jesus was never a wallflower, and was always the centre of attention in a crowd. But sometimes this was reluctant (eg, he fed the 5,000 after he’d tried to escape the crowd but they followed him).

39. You are more inclined to experiment than to follow familiar approaches

No. See 6. But again, qualified a little – see 8.

40. You avoid being bound by obligations

I’m going to say “yes” here – because I don’t think Jesus was “obliged” to obey his father, I think he chose to… but I think he cleverly avoids being bound by obligations to the Pharisees in how he answers their tricky questions.

“Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.”

41. You are strongly touched by stories about people’s troubles 

Yes. See 4, 25, etc…

42. Deadlines seem to you to be of relative, rather than absolute, importance

No. See 1.

43. You prefer to isolate yourself from outside noises

This one is tricky. I think yes. Given the seeking solitude stuff. And the sleeping during a storm, on a boat thing…

44. It’s essential for you to try things with your own hands

Yes. Jesus background as a carpenter notwithstanding, he doesn’t send his disciples to do anything that he hasn’t done first. The cross is a nice example… Luke 9 is a nice place to look. He certainly tried the cross out with his own hands.

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere…

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

45. You think that almost everything can be analyzed

Yes. See 6, and for example, his use of the fig tree as an object lesson alongside the cleaning out of the temple…

46. Failing to complete your task on time makes you rather uncomfortable

I said no. Because I don’t think Jesus fails to complete tasks on time – see 1.

47. You take pleasure in putting things in order

Yes. Jesus is the ultimate Adam, and his whole life is about starting to reorder creation. But here’s a text… John 14…

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

48. You feel at ease in a crowd

I think yes – despite the whole “who touched me” thing, and the seeking solitude thing – Jesus is also comfortable speaking to, working in, and showing compassion to large crowds. I don’t think he is uneasy.

49. You have good control over your desires and temptations

Yes. See 34.

50. You easily understand new theoretical principles

Yes. Except I’m not sure any of them are new.

51. The process of searching for a solution is more important to you than the solution itself. 

No. While I think process is important – I think the process is a means to achieve the planned outcome, and I’m not sure there’s any “searching” involved. See 50, 1, 6, 10, etc.

52. You usually place yourself nearer to the side than in the center of a room. 

Yes. Physically? Who knows. Metaphorically – the narrative we know about Jesus from is centred on him, so its hard for us to think otherwise, but the idea of putting others first, and washing the feed of the disciples makes me want to lean towards the “yes” here, because I think that should be captured. This is quite qualified – because after he has gone to the “margins” so to speak, he returns to his place, presumably at the centre. See John 13 (also Philippians 2)…

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

53. When solving a problem you would rather follow a familiar approach than seek a new one

This one is tricky again – but I’m going to treat “familiar” as relating to human patterns – and Jesus is not like any of his human ancestors. He is a “new Adam” – as Paul calls him, and Jesus refers to himself, and his approach, as being “one greater than Solomon”… so it’s new, but like the old… I’m going to say “no”. Because I think the difference to normal human operation is quite profound – Jesus is greater than the greatest problem solver. So Matthew 12…

Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here

54. You try to stand firmly by your principles

Yes.

55. A thirst for adventure is close to your heart

I’m going to say “yes” – because Jesus constantly frames his actions in a quest like journey to Jerusalem. Like Frodo’s quest to Mordor. See 6.

56. You prefer meeting in small groups over interaction with lots of people. 

I think yes – Jesus seems to spend more time with his disciples (a smaller group) than with crowds.

57. When considering a situation you pay more attention to the current situation and less to a possible sequence of events.

I think no. See 6.

58. When solving a problem you consider the rational approach to be the best

See 15.

59. You find it difficult to talk about your feelings

No.

60. You often spend time thinking of how things could be improved

Yes. See 23, and 13.

61. Your decisions are based more on the feelings of a moment than on the thorough planning

No. See 6

62. You prefer to spend your leisure time alone or relaxing in a tranquil atmosphere

It would be tempting to say no, following 17, but while Jesus spends his leisure time in the company of crowds, he arguably prefers solitude. So I’ll say “yes” to provide some balance to 17.

63. You feel more comfortable sticking to conventional ways

No. See above.

64. You are easily affected by strong emotions

Yes. See above.

65. You are always looking for opportunities

Yes.

66. Your desk, workbench, etc. is usually neat and orderly

I am assuming a yes, with no evidence – except for the “bringing order” thing above.

67. As a rule, current preoccupations worry you more than your future plans

No. See 6 etc.

68. You get pleasure from solitary walks

No. While Jesus seeks solitude there’s normally a bit of sadness involved. And perhaps the walk to the crucifixion is the best example of a solitary walk. John 19…

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

69. It is easy for you to communicate in social situations 

Yes.

70. You are consistent in your habits

Yes.

71. You willingly involve yourself in matters which engage your sympathies

Yes. See 4, and his whole life…

72. You easily perceive various ways in which events could develop

Yes. See 6.

Male.

30-34.

The author

Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the campus pastor at Creek Road South Bank, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus.