March 16, 2024

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 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

INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY (Approximately 6 months)

16. John the Baptist preaches and baptizes – Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:1-8, Luke 3:1-18

17. Jesus’ baptism – Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-23

18. Jesus’ temptation – Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13

19. John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Messiah – John 1:19-34

20. Jesus begins to gather followers – John 1:35-51

21. Jesus turns water to wine in Cana – John 2:1-11

22. Jesus and his followers travel to Capernaum – John 2:12

23. Jesus travels to Jerusalem and cleanses the temple for the first time – John 2:13-25

24. Jesus visits with Nicodemus – John 3:1-21

25. Jesus ministers in Judea with His followers – John 3:22-24

26. John the Baptist testifies to Jesus – John 3:25-36

27. John the Baptist imprisoned by Herod – Matthew 4:12a; 14:3-5, Mark 1:14a; 6:17-20, Luke 3:19-20

28. Jesus travels through Samaria and encounters the woman at the well – Matthew 4:12b, Mark 1:14b, Luke 4:14a, John 4:1-44

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