The Journeys and Ministry of Jesus the Christ

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    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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