The Journeys and Ministry of Jesus the Christ


This graphic presentation has been developed to aid those who love Jesus to gain a better understanding of his earthly life and ministry.

From the map-o-graph one can determine at a glance at what stage in the Savior’s life important events occurred and where he was at the time. The map-o-graph and the reference table form an excellent ready reference combination. After locating an incident in the Savior’s life on the map-o-graph, one can turn to the table and find in which gospel or gospels it is recorded and where. Or, conversely, by matching numbers, one can quickly locate on the map-o-graph any occurrence listed in the table.

Events in the Savior’s life are infinitely more important than the time or place they occurred; still, relating happenings to places and times may make the events themselves more interesting and significant. Furthermore, the more elements one can associate with an incident, the more readily it may be learned, the longer it may be retained, and the quicker it can be recalled.

The task of relating the events of the Savior’s life to places and time sequences is a challenging one for three primary reasons:

(1) None of the four gospels contains the complete account of the Savior’s ministry. While some events are recorded by all four writers, others are told by three, two, or, in a great many cases, by only one.

(2) It would seem that the gospel writers did not record all of the events in precisely the same order.

(3) The locations where many incidents occurred are described in one or more of the gospels, but the exact spot where some events took place is not revealed. Other places are described only generally or in such a manner that they cannot be located with accuracy today; for example, which was the Mount of Transfiguration? Mt. Hermon? Mt. Tabor? Mt. Cana? We do not know. Again, at what point along the one hundred and twenty sultry miles of the Jordan River was the Savior baptized? John says at Bethabara. But where was that city? Its location is in doubt.

On the map-o-graph, places that can be more or less definitely located are identified by black dots. When the exact spot is in question, the event is related to the general area where it is known or thought to have occurred.

Devoted scholars, comparing the gospels and utilizing archaeological finds and topographical information, have been attempting for many years to fit missing pieces together, or in other words to “harmonize” the gospels as to chronology, doctrine, and place locations. The chronological information used in the construction of this map-o-graph and reference table, with a few exceptions, follows the harmony of President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., printed in Our Lord of the Gospels. According to President Clark’s preface he “arranged the incidents in a chronological order that seemed generally to represent the majority view of the harmonists consulted.”

Even though the sequence of some of the events as well as some of the place locations might be in question, these are relatively minor, and it is believed that in spite of this possible weakness this visual presentation of the journeys and ministry of Jesus will fill a great need.

Table of References

Event Number

Event

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

1

Christ is born

Matt. 1:25; Matt. 2:1

 

Luke 2:1–20

 

2

Taken to temple as a baby

   

Luke 2:22–38

 

3

Taken to Egypt

Matt. 2:13–15

     

4

Spends childhood

Matt. 2:19–23

 

Luke 2:39–40

 

5

Visits temple at age 12

   

Luke 2:41–50

 

6

Grows to manhood

   

Luke 2:51–52

 

7

Baptized of John

Matt. 3:13–17

Mark 1:9–11

Luke 3:21–22

John 1:29–34

8

Spends 40 days in wilderness

Matt. 4:1–11

Mark 1:12–13

Luke 4:1–13

 

9

Meets Andrew and Simon

     

John 1:35–42

10

Finds Philip and Nathanael

     

John 1:43–51

11

Turns water into wine

     

John 2:1–11

12

Visits “his own city”

     

John 2:12

13

Attends Passover

     

John 2:13–25; John 3

14

Cleanses temple

     

John 2:14–17

15

Visited by Nicodemus

     

John 3:1–21

16

Tarries and baptizes in Judea

     

John 3:22

17

John is imprisoned

Matt. 14:3–5

Mark 6:17–20

Luke 3:19–20

 

18

Teaches Samaritan woman at well

     

John 4:3–42

19

Teaches gospel in synagogues

Matt. 4:17

Mark 1:14–15

Luke 4:14–15

John 4:45

20

Heals nobleman’s son

     

John 4:46–54

21

Is rejected

   

Luke 4:16–30

 

22

Calls Peter, Andrew, James, John

Matt. 4:18–22

Mark 1:16–20

Luke 5:1–11

 

23

Teaches as one having authority

 

Mark 1:21–22

Luke 4:31–32

 

24

Casts out unclean spirit

 

Mark 1:23–28

Luke 4:33–37

 

25

Heals Peter’s mother-in-law

Matt. 8:14–17

Mark 1:29–34

Luke 4:38–41

 

26

Tours Galilee healing sick

Matt. 4:23–25

Mark 1:35–39

Luke 4:40–44

 

27

Delivers Sermon on Mount

Matt. 5–7

     

28

Heals leper

Matt. 8:1–4

Mark 1:40–45

Luke 5:12–14

 

29

Heals man sick of the palsy

Matt. 9:2–8

Mark 2:1–12

Luke 5:17–26

 

30

Calls Matthew

Matt. 9:9–13

Mark 2:13–17

Luke 5:27–32

 

31

Talks to John’s disciples

Matt. 9:14–17

Mark 2:18–22

Luke 5:33–39

 

32

Attends second Passover

     

John 5:1–47

33

Heals man at Bethesda

     

John 5:2–15

34

Jews seek to kill him

     

John 5:16–47

35

Disciples pluck corn on Sabbath

Matt. 12:1–8

Mark 2:23–28

Luke 6:1–5

 

36

Heals man with withered hand

Matt. 12:9–13

Mark 3:1–6

Luke 6:6–11

 

37

Teaches from ship; heals many

Matt. 12:15

Mark 3:7–12

   

38

Spends night praying

   

Luke 6:12

 

39

Chooses the twelve apostles

Matt. 10:2–4

Mark 3:13–19

Luke 6:13–16

 

40

Heals many

   

Luke 6:17–19

 

41

Preaches Sermon on the Plain

   

Luke 6:20–49

 

42

Heals centurian’s servant

Matt. 8:5–13

 

Luke 7:1–10

 

43

Raises widow’s son from dead

   

Luke 7:11–17

 

44

Praises John the Baptist

Matt. 11:2–19

 

Luke 7:18–35

 

45

Upbraids cities, prays to Father

Matt. 11:20–30

     

46

Anointed by sinful woman

   

Luke 7:36–50

 

47

Teaches in every city and village

   

Luke 8:1–3

 

48

Heals blind and dumb man

Matt. 12:22

     

49

Accused by Pharisees

Matt. 12:24–37

Mark 3:22–30

   

50

Discourses on signs

Matt. 12:38–45

     

51

His mother & brethren seek him

Matt. 12:46–50

Mark 3:31–35

Luke 8:19–21

 

52

Teaches from ship by parables

Matt. 13:1–52

Mark 4:1–29

Luke 8:4–18

 

53

Stills the storm

Matt. 8:23–27

Mark 4:35–41

Luke 8:22–25

 

54

Casts out devils

Matt. 8:28–34

Mark 5:1–20

Luke 8:26–39

 

55

Raises daughter of Jairus

Matt. 9:18–26

Mark 5:22–43

Luke 8:41–56

 

56

Heals woman with issue of blood

Matt. 9:20–22

Mark 5:25–34

Luke 8:43–48

 

57

Heals blind men, dumb demoniac

Matt. 9:27–34

     

58

Teaches in synagogue; is rejected

Matt. 13:54–58

Mark 6:1–5

   

59

Teaches and heals the sick

Matt. 9:35–38

Mark 6:6

   

60

Sends forth the twelve

Matt. 10:1–42

Mark 6:7–13

Luke 9:1–6

 

61

John is beheaded

Matt. 14:6–12

     

62

The twelve return

 

Mark 6:30

Luke 9:10

 

63

Rests in desert near Bethsaida

Matt. 14:13

Mark 6:31

Luke 9:10

 

64

Teaches multitudes; feeds 5,000

Matt. 14:14–21

Mark 6:33–44

Luke 9:11–17

John 6:1–14

65

Walks on the sea

Matt. 14:24–33

Mark 6:47–52

 

John 6:16–21

66

Discourses on bread of life

     

John 6:22–71

67

Heals people in Gennesaret

Matt. 14:34–36

Mark 6:53–56

   

68

Discourses on cleanliness

Matt. 15:1–20

Mark 7:1–23

   

69

Goes to coasts of Tyre and Sidon

Matt. 15:21

Mark 7:24

   

70

Heals daughter of Greek woman

Matt. 15:22–28

Mark 7:25–30

   

71

Returns to Sea of Galilee

Matt. 15:29

Mark 7:31

   

72

Heals deaf man

 

Mark 7:32–37

   

73

Teaches; heals sick

Matt. 15:30–31

     

74

Feeds the 4,000

Matt. 15:32–38

Mark 8:1–9

   

75

Visits Magdala

Matt. 15:39

Mark 8:10

   

76

Gives discourse on signs

Matt. 16:1–12

Mark 8:11–21

   

77

Heals blind man

 

Mark 8:22–26

   

78

Peter testifies of him

Matt. 16:13–20

Mark 8:27–30

Luke 9:18–22

 

79

Tells of his death & resurrection

Matt. 16:21–28

Mark 8:31–38

Luke 9:23–27

 

80

Is transfigured

Matt. 17:1–13

Mark 9:2–13

Luke 9:28–36

 

81

Heals boy with dumb spirit

Matt. 17:14–21

Mark 9:14–29

Luke 9:37–43

 

82

Gets tribute money from fish

Matt. 17:24–27

     

83

Discourses on meekness, etc.

Matt. 18:1–35

Mark 9:33–50

Luke 9:43–50

 

84

Samaritan village refuses him

   

Luke 9:51–56

 

85

Sends forth the seventy

   

Luke 10:1–16

 

86

Attends feast of tabernacles

     

John 7:10–11

87

Teaches in temple

     

John 7:14–53

88

Forgives adultress

     

John 8:1–11

89

Bears record of himself

     

John 8:12–32

90

The seventy return

   

Luke 10:17–24

 

91

Tells parable of good Samaritan

   

Luke 10:25–37

 

92

Visits Mary and Martha

   

Luke 10:38–42

 

93

Teaches disciples to pray

   

Luke 11:1–13

 

94

Casts out dumb devil

   

Luke 11:14–26

 

95

Discourses on cleanliness

   

Luke 11:37–54

 

96

Teaches by parable

   

Luke 12:1–59

 

97

Heals man born blind

     

John 9:1–41

98

Gives parable of good Shepherd

     

John 10:118

99

Attends feast of dedication

     

John 10:22–38

100

Escapes from enemies

     

John 10:39

101

Goes beyond the Jordan

     

John 10:40–42

102

Teaches; heals woman on Sabbath

   

Luke 13:10–30

 

103

Warned Herod seeks to kill him

   

Luke 13:31–35

 

104

Receives word that Lazarus is ill

     

John 11:1–16

105

Heals man with dropsy

   

Luke 14:1–24

 

106

Gives discourse on sacrifice

   

Luke 14:25–35

 

107

Teaches by parable

   

Luke 15, 16

 

108

Talks on offences

   

Luke 17:1–10

 

109

Raises Lazarus from the dead

     

John 11:17–46

110

Chief priests plot his death

     

John 11:47–53

111

Goes to city of Ephraim

     

John 11:54

112

Begins journey to Jerusalem

   

Luke 17:11

 

113

Heals ten lepers

   

Luke 17:12–19

 

114

Discourses on kingdom of God

   

Luke 17:20–37

 

115

Speaks in parables

   

Luke 18:1–14

 

116

Goes beyond the Jordan

Matt. 19:1

Mark 10:1

   

117

Discourses on marriage & divorce

Matt. 19:3–12

Mark 10:2–12

   

118

Blesses little children

Matt. 19:13–15

Mark 10:13–16

Luke 18:15–17

 

119

Talks with rich young ruler

Matt. 19:16–30

Mark 10:17–31

Luke 18:18–30

 

120

Gives parable of laborers

Matt. 20:1–16

     

121

Heals Bartimaeus

Matt. 20:29–34

Mark 10:46–52

Luke 18:35–43

 

122

Sees Zacchaeus in tree

   

Luke 19:1–10

 

123

Gives parable of ten pounds

   

Luke 19:11–27

 

124

Goes before the 12 to Jerusalem

Matt. 21:1

 

Luke 19:28

 

125

Many seek him

     

John 11:55–57

126

Reaches Bethany for Passover

     

John 12:1

Week of Atoning Sacrifice

Sunday

Goes to Bethphage, mounts donkey, descends Mount of Olives, makes “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, returns to Bethany. (Matt. 21:1–11; Mark 11:1–11; Luke 19:29–44; John 12:12–19.)

Monday

Leaves Bethany for Jerusalem, curses fig tree, heals blind and lame, cleanses the temple, returns to Bethany. (Matt. 21:12–19; Mark 11:12–19; Luke 19:45–48; Luke 21:37.)

Tuesday

Sees withered fig tree on way to Jerusalem from Bethany, enters temple, answers question on authority, tribute money, marriage after resurrection, the great commandment, whose Son he is. Condemns Pharisees, laments over Jerusalem, talks of widow’s mite, sought by Greeks. Voice from heaven is heard. Gives discourse on Mount of Olives, tells of final judgment, chief priests plot to take him; anointed by Mary in house of Simon the leper. Judas arranges betrayal. (Matt. 21:19–46; Matt. 22; Matt. 23; Matt. 24; Matt. 25; Matt. 26:1–16; Mark 11:20–33; Mark 12; Mark 13; Mark 14:1–11; Luke 20; Luke 21; Luke 22:3–6; John 12.)

Wednesday

This day may have been spent in Bethany with his disciples.

Thursday

In the evening he goes to “upper room” in Jerusalem for last supper. Washes disciples’ feet, eats Passover meal, reveals his betrayer, foretells his death, institutes the sacrament, tells Peter he will deny him, gives dissertation about the Comforter, goes to Mount of Olives where he continues teaching his disciples, prays to his Father, goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray; he is betrayed, arrested, and bound. (Matt. 26:17–56; Mark 14:12–52; Luke 22:7–53; John 13; John 14; John 15; John 16; John 17; John 18:3–12.)

Friday

About midnight he is taken into Jerusalem, first to Annas, then to Caiaphas, then to the Sanhedrin. He is mocked and maltreated, denied by Peter, tried and condemned by Jews, taken before Pilate, then Herod, returned to Pilate who condemns and delivers him up to be crucified. Goes to Calvary and is crucified. Buried in tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea. (Matt 26:57–75; Matt. 27:1–61; Mark 14:53–72; Mark 15; Luke 22:54–62; Luke 23; John 18:13–40; John 19:1–42.)

Saturday

Body lies in tomb.

Sunday

The Lord is resurrected. (Matt. 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20; John 21.)

Those to Whom the Savior Appeared after His Resurrection

Mary Magdalene in the Garden. (Mark 16:9; John 20:11–17.)

The women who came to seek him as they go to tell his disciples. (Matt. 28:9–10.)

Two disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Mark 16:12; Luke 24:13–32.)

Simon Peter. (Luke 24:33–35; 1 Cor. 15:5.)

All the apostles except Thomas in upper room where “he breathed on them and sayeth unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 16:14–18; Luke 24:36–49; John 20:19–23.)

After eight days to the eleven disciples. (John 20:26–29.)

Seven disciples at the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1–14.)

“After that, he was seen of about five hundred brethren at once.” (1 Cor. 15:6.)

“After that, he was seen by James.” (1 Cor. 15:7.)

Eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee. (Matt. 28:16–20.)

His disciples at Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, from which place he ascended into heaven. (Mark 16:19–20; Luke 24:50–51; Acts 1:6–11.)

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