The Interactive Life of Jesus https://interactivelifeofjesus.com An interactive website on the life and ministry of Jesus. Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:10:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Judean Ministry https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/judean-ministry-introduction/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/judean-ministry-introduction/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:10:23 +0000 http://rickedwardsonline.com/?p=27 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 For the past six months Jesus had withdrawn to those areas that would minimize confrontation with the Jewish religious leaders in Judea and Galilee as well as the political leaders like Herod.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.

The Feast of Tabernacles took place six months before the Passover. Initially Jesus had indicated he would not attend the celebration that marked the end of the harvest, but then chose to go “secretly” (John 7:10). This marks the beginning of the Judean Ministry and reveals Jesus’ strategic resolve to make the journey for which he was born.

John’s record of the Judean Ministry begins with John 7:10 (Festival of Tabernacles) and concludes with John 10:39 with an attempt on Jesus’ life during the Festival of Dedication. The Feast of Dedication commemorated the rededication of the temple in 164 B.C. after Judas Maccabeus had defeated Antiochus Epiphanes and cleansed the temple. It was mid-December when this took place, indicating that the Judean Ministry had lasted three months.

These chapters in John consist primarily of a series of discourses between Jesus and “the Jews” that reveal their growing animosity toward Jesus and his growing challenge to their unbelief. In these four chapters there are eight references to either the plan to kill him or actual attempts to kill him (7:19-20, 25; 8:28, 37, 40, 59; 10:31, 39).

The desire to kill Jesus created some high drama during these three months. Not only where there repeated attempts to seize him, John notes on two occasions that they were not successful because the time was not right (7:30; 8:20) and seems to suggest that Jesus was miraculously “hidden” (8:59) and “eluded their grasp” (10:39). But this, ultimately, was not a drama of political cat and mouse between Jesus and the Jews. It was the cosmic drama between God and Satan himself. Jesus would not allow Satan to control the agenda.

Other than possibly Matthew’s record of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, the only other Gospel writer who provides any coverage of this three-month period was Luke. Luke records some of our favorite stories such as the parable of the Good Samaritan, the parable of the Rich Fool, and Jesus’ teaching on wildflowers.

All the events of this period must be read and understood in the context of the rising conflict between Jesus and the Sanhedrin. For three months Jesus ministered, taught, and preached in such a way as to bring clarity to his Kingdom and distinction from the kingdom of the world. Finally it became necessary for him to leave Judea in another effort to slow the pace of the diabolical plot to kill him. This would be his last time to avoid the conflict. His next trip to Jerusalem would be his last.

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Perean Ministry https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/perean-ministry-introduction/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/perean-ministry-introduction/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2008 15:05:13 +0000 http://rickedwardsonline.com/?p=31 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. 

It was because of this conflict that Jesus found it necessary to leave Jerusalem and Judea and travel east into Perea. In all likelihood, this is where Jesus had been baptized and initiated his public ministry some three years earlier. It was fitting that Jesus would return to this region where John the Baptist had helped “prepare the way for the Lord” (Matthew 3:3). Indeed, John’s Gospel tells us that during this ministry in Perea “many believed in Him there” (John 10:42).

The PEREAN MINISTRY began in Perea, but was not spent entirely in Perea. During this time he traveled to Bethany in Judea (John 11:18), spent some time in Ephraim, Judea (John 11:54), made a final trip into Galilee (Matthew 19:1), and visited Jericho (Luke 19:1). But regardless of where Jesus was during these three months, it’s clear that in his head and heart, Jesus was “making his way”, ultimately, to Jerusalem (Matthew 20:18; Luke 13:22, 17:11).

Each of the Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) give significant attention to the Perean Ministry while John’s only reference to this period (other than noting his departure to Perea) is the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44).

The record of Jesus’ ministry during this period is dominated by teachings and parables on a broad variety of subjects. (See Events in Perean Ministry.) Only four miracles are recorded.

Near the beginning and end of this period we are given four accounts that provide an interesting glimpse into the emotional side of Jesus. When told that Herod wanted to kill him, Jesus referred to Herod as “that fox” and then said, “Look! I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work. Yet I must travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem!” It’s hard not to sense a degree of exasperation in his voice due to the constant threat that was hanging over him (Luke 13:31-33).

In that same context, Jesus cries over the beloved City of David, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! . . How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, yet you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34.) Who could miss the intense divine longings for this city at the heart of God’s eternal redemptive plan?

When his disciples rebuked those wishing to bring “little children” to Jesus so he could touch them, we’re told that Jesus became “indignant” (Mark 10:14). It wasn’t the only time Jesus spoke up for the value of children to reveal his tender love for them.

Shortly before their arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus spoke with his disciples rather bluntly regarding his imminent crucifixion. There is an unmistakable urgency and passion in his voice when he calls for their attention. . . “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem.” (Matthew 20:18.)

The Perean Ministry represents the close of Jesus’ itinerant ministry. His days are numbered. The clock is ticking. Soon he will be in Jerusalem to face the cross.

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Events in the Perean Ministry https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/perean-ministry-events/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/perean-ministry-events/#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2008 06:05:46 +0000 http://rickedwardsonline.com/?p=33 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 absolute. In some cases there is room for interpretation. When there is room for debate, specific rationale for a particular division or order can be found in the notes related to that event. Still, this provides a generally accepted chronology of events and can be very helpful in understanding the flow of Jesus’ life during the Preparation Period. For a downloadable .xls or .pdf of this and other documents see Handouts/Downloads.

PEREAN MINISTRY (Approximately 3 months)

130. Jesus teaches about the Narrow Way – Luke 13:22-30

131. Jesus is warned about Herod – Luke 13:31-33

132. Jesus expresses sorrow for Jerusalem – Matthew 23:37-39, Luke 13:34-35

133. Jesus heals a bloated man – Luke 14:1-6

134. Jesus teaches about humility – Luke 14:7-14

135. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Large Banquet – Luke 14:15-24

136. The cost of following Jesus – Luke 14:25-35

137. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Lost Sheep – Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:1-7

138. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Lost Coin – Luke 15:8-10

139. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Lost Son – Luke 15:11-32

140. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Dishonest Manager – Luke 16:1-18

141. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus – Luke 16:19-31

142. Jesus teaches about Faith & Service – Luke 17:1-10

143. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead – John 11:1-44

144. The Sanhedrin plots against Jesus – John 11:45-54

145. Jesus heals 10 Lepers on His way to Jerusalem – Luke 17:11-19

146. Jesus teaches about the advent of the Kingdom – Luke 17:20-37

147. The Parable on Prayer: The Persistent Widow – Luke 18:1-8

148. The Parable on Prayer: The Proud Pharisee & Tax Collector – Luke 18:9-14

149. Jesus discusses divorce & remarriage – Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:1-12, Luke 16:18

150. Jesus welcomes little children – Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17

151. Jesus & the rich, young ruler – Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30

152. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Vineyard Workers – Matthew 20:1-16

153. Jesus again discusses His death & resurrection – Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34

154. James & John ask for prominence in Jesus’ Kingdom – Matthew 20:20-28, Mark 10:35-45

155. Jesus heals Blind Bartemaeus – Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43

156. Jesus talks with Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10

157. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Minas – Luke 19:11-27

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Events in the Judean Ministry https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/judean-ministry-events/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/judean-ministry-events/#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2008 06:04:07 +0000 http://rickedwardsonline.com/?p=29 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 absolute. In some cases there is room for interpretation. When there is room for debate, specific rationale for a particular division or order can be found in the notes related to that event. Still, this provides a generally accepted chronology of events and can be very helpful in understanding the flow of Jesus’ life during the Preparation Period. For a downloadable .xls or .pdf of this and other documents see Handouts/Downloads.

JUDEAN MINISTRY (Approximately 3 months)

108. Jesus hesitates to go to Jerusalem – John 7:1-9

109. Jesus’ discussion at the Festival of Tabernacles – John 7:10-52

110. Jesus forgives a woman accused of adultery – John 7:53-8:11

111. Jesus claims to be the Light of the world – John 8:12-59

112. Jesus heals a man blind from birth – John 9:1-41

113. Jesus claims to be the Good Shepherd – John 10:1-21

114. Jesus sends out 70 to preach – Luke 10:1-24

115. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37

116. Jesus visits Mary & Martha in Bethany – Luke 10:38-42

117. Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray – Matthew 6:9-15, Luke 11:1-13

118. Jesus accused of healing through Beelzebul – Luke 11:14-26

119. Jesus responds to a blessing – Luke 11:27-28

120. The Sign of Jonah – Luke 11:29-36

121. Pharisee & Law Expert criticize Jesus – Luke 11:37-54

122. Jesus warns of the Pharisees’ deception – Luke 12:1-12

123. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Rich Fool – Luke 12:13-21

124. Jesus teaches The Parables of the Wildflowers & the Ravens – Luke 12:22-34

125. Jesus foretells His Second Coming – Luke 12:35-48

126. Jesus foretells His crucifixion – Luke 12:49-59

127. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree – Luke 13:1-9

128. Jesus heals a woman with a crooked back – Luke 13:10-17

129. Jesus claims to be one with God – John 10:22-42

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Jesus Teaches About the Narrow Way https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-teaches-about-the-narrow-way/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-teaches-about-the-narrow-way/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:18:55 +0000 http://interactivelifeofjesus.com/?p=1384 Event Number 130. Jesus teaches about the Narrow Way – Luke 13:22-30

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Jesus is Warned About Herod https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-is-warned-about-herod/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-is-warned-about-herod/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:17:54 +0000 http://interactivelifeofjesus.com/?p=1381 Event Number 131. Jesus is warned about Herod – Luke 13:31-33


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Jesus Expresses Sorrow for Jerusalem https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-expresses-sorrow-for-jerusalem/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-expresses-sorrow-for-jerusalem/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:17:18 +0000 http://interactivelifeofjesus.com/?p=1378 Event Number 132. Jesus expresses sorrow for Jerusalem – Matthew 23:37-39, Luke 13:34-35


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Jesus Heals a Bloated Man https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-heals-a-bloated-man/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-heals-a-bloated-man/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:16:27 +0000 http://interactivelifeofjesus.com/?p=1375 Event Number 133. Jesus heals a bloated man – Luke 14:1-6


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Jesus Teaches About Humility https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-teaches-about-humility/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-teaches-about-humility/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:15:45 +0000 http://interactivelifeofjesus.com/?p=1372 Event Number 134. Jesus teaches about humility – Luke 14:7-14


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Jesus Teaches The Parable of the Large Banquet https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-teaches-the-parable-of-the-large-banquet/ https://interactivelifeofjesus.com/jesus-teaches-the-parable-of-the-large-banquet/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:15:06 +0000 http://interactivelifeofjesus.com/?p=1369 Event Number 135. Jesus teaches The Parable of the Large Banquet – Luke 14:15-24


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