June 5, 2024

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…]

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand (Fives Loaves, Two Fish)

Event number 85. Jesus feeds five thousand (Fives Loaves, Two Fish) – Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15


Jesus Walks on Water

Event number 86. Jesus walks on water – Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, Luke 6:16-21


Jesus’ Message on the Bread of Life

Event number 87. Jesus’ message on the Bread of Life – John 6:22-71


Pharisees Rebuke Jesus Due to Unclean Hands

Event number 88. Pharisees rebuke Jesus due to unclean hands – Matthew 15:1-20, Mark 7:1-23


Jesus Heals the Canaanite Woman’s Daughter

Event number 89. Jesus heals the Canaanite woman’s daughter – Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30


Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

Event number 90. Jesus heals a deaf man – Mark 7:31-37


Jesus Heals Many on a Mountain Near Sea of Galilee

Event number 91. Jesus heals many on a mountain near Sea of Galilee – Matthew 15:29-31


Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

Event number 92. Jesus feeds the four thousand – Matthew 15:32-38, Mark 8:1-10