April 28, 2016

Judean Ministry

When His brothers had gone up to the festival (in Jerusalem, Judea), then He also went up, not openly but secretly. – John 7:10 (HCSB)

The cross was roughly six months away. For the past six months Jesus had withdrawn to those areas that would minimize confrontation with the Jewish religious leaders in Judea and Galilee as well as the political leaders like Herod. During this time he continued his ministry and invested heavily in preparing his disciples for what was to come. Soon, however, it would be time to begin the journey to Jerusalem and what would be his final Passover. It was time to carry his MINISTRY TO JUDEA. [Read more…]

Perean Ministry

So he departed again across the Jordan to the place where John (the Baptist) first was baptizing, and He remained there. – John 10:40 (HCSB)

Three months until the Passover. Three months until Jesus would make a final entrance into Jerusalem. Three months until Jesus would face the agony of the cross. Just three months until his redemptive mission would be fulfilled. In the meanwhile, Jesus would continue to preach, teach, heal, and manage the conflict according to God’s timetable, not the agenda of those planning to kill him.  [Read more…]

Events in the Perean Ministry

Below is a numbered listing of all recorded events in the Perean Ministry. This is not an exhaustive listing of every text in the Gospels. (Luke’s introduction, for example, is not included because it is related to Luke’s writing of the Gospel rather than the events of Jesus’ life.) Further, the number and order of events is not always [Read more…]

Events in the Judean Ministry

Below is a numbered listing of all recorded events in the Judean Ministry. This is not an exhaustive listing of every text in the Gospels. (Luke’s introduction, for example, is not included because it is related to Luke’s writing of the Gospel rather than the events of Jesus’ life.) Further, the number and order of events is not always [Read more…]

General Articles

Below are articles related to various subjects that don’t necessarily fit into a single time period.

An Unblemished Male

…he is to bring an unblemished male. – Leviticus 1:3b (HCSB)

We know very little about Jesus’ childhood. We can speculate, however, based on what we know about the world in which he grew up. The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah by Alfred Edersheim is considered by [Read more…]

Season of Withdrawal

When Jesus heard about it (John the Baptist’s execution), He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. – Matthew 14:13a (HCSB)

Herod’s execution of John the Baptist marks another turning point in Jesus’ ministry. John had been imprisoned earlier toward the end of the Introduction Period. That event became the catalyst for Jesus to leave Judea and return to Galilee roughly 18 months earlier. This time it’s John’s execution that drove Jesus to carry his ministry into regions beyond the easy reach of Herod and begin a more deliberate effort at preparing his disciples for what was coming in just about a year. This was a SEASON OF WITHDRAWAL. [Read more…]

Events in the Season of Withdrawal

Below is a numbered listing of all recorded events in the Withdrawal Period. This is not an exhaustive listing of every text in the Gospels. (Luke’s introduction, for example, is not included because it is related to Luke’s writing of the Gospel rather than the events of Jesus’ life.) Further, the number and order of events is not always [Read more…]

Introduction (From baptism to Galilean Ministry)

The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! . . . I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!” – John 1:29 & 34

Following the few details we have regarding his birth and childhood, Jesus disappears from the pages of the Gospels. According to Luke 3:23, Jesus resurfaced when he “was about 30 years old”, at which time he was baptized by John the Baptist. After his baptism and temptation, Jesus spent several months INTRODUCING himself to the people he came [Read more…]

Events in the Introduction Period

Below is a numbered listing of all recorded events in the Introduction Period. This is not an exhaustive listing of every text in the Gospels. (Luke’s introduction, for example, is not included because it is related to Luke’s writing of the Gospel rather than the events of Jesus’ life.) Further, the number and order of events is not always [Read more…]