The Ministry of Jesus - is the second of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.
The Ministry of Jesus coves the period when Jesus started His public Ministry until about a week before his death this period of His life is covered in the module Easter - Palm Sunday to Passover. Now back to the ministry of Jesus.

Jesus starts His Ministry normal

Jesus was born in Bethlehem which is just south of Jerusalem. He spent most of his life in a town called Nazareth in the north part of Israel near the Sea of Galilee. Like all Jewish men he learned a trade in His case carpentry from his step-father Joseph. He would have gone to the local synagogue the local place of Religious learning. Also visiting Jerusalem up to three times a year. Visiting family and friends including those from his step-fathers side in Bethlehem. If the triumphal entry was 10th Nisan AD32 eg 6th April AD32 then Jesus started His ministry in September - November   Read more »

John the Baptist Prepares the Way for Jesus, Luke 3:1-20

Son of Zechariah and Elizabeth and cousin of Jesus. John was God's forerunner to Jesus. John the Baptist baptized with water and Jesus baptized with fire and the Holy Spirit. John started his ministry about three months before Jesus started His. Of interest the stones John the Baptist may have been the stones Joshua had placed by the River Jordan as the crossed into the promised land. see Joshua 2:20-24 John in Hebrew means: God is.
Background Reading: 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Caesar Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,   Read more »

Sandal, John the Baptist, Luke 3:15-18 normal

John the Baptist in the context of preaching to those who came to hear him. John said I baptize with water and He will follow who will baptize with fire and the holly spirit. John the Baptist said he was not worthy to be the second to lowest slave. It was the habit that the second to lowest slave removed the sandal and the lowest slave washed the feet. Jesus would in the week of his death choose, as the disciples teacher, do both himself. Discover why?
Background Reading: 3:15 Now the people were filled with expectation, and all of them were wondering if John was perhaps the Messiah.   Read more »

Satan, The Temptation of Jesus, Luke 4:1-13 normal

Satan tempts Jesus for 40 days in the wilderness. Which was south of Jerusalem. Satan is at war with God and if Satan could have corrupted God's Son, Jesus, he, Satan, would have won the war but again he, Satan, lost another battle. Satan temps Jesus with three totally different temptations. The first Adam failed the temptation in Genesis 1:1-24 and the second Adam (Jesus) passed all three temptations here in Luke 1:1-13 and the temptations in Revelation. Satan quotes scripture but not correctly and Jesus quotes the correct scripture back at Satan.   Read more »

The Calling of the First Disciples, John 1:35-51 normal

Andrew was the first disciple Jesus called. Jesus called Andrew shortly after he was baptized by John the Baptist near Jerusalem. Jesus also ended up with Simon Peter. Who is Andrew's brother. An unnamed disciple may be John the writer of this Gospel. Also Philip and Nathanael. Then they all headed back to Galilee. Some time after their arrival Jesus went to a wedding at Cana in Galilee.
Background Reading: 1:35 The next day, John was standing there again with two of his disciples. 35 As he watched Jesus walk by,   Read more »

Water Jar, Jesus Changes Water Into Wine John 2:1-11 normal

This was Jesus' first miracle when he turned water into wine. The Master of Ceremony commented to his host "you have kept the best wine to the last". Notice the inter reactions between Jesus and His mother, Mary, in the reading below. This miracle according to John was his first miracle there were many more to follow including His resurrection from the dead. This happened in a small town of Cana in Galilee.
Background Reading: 2:1 On the third day of that week there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,   Read more »

Jesus teaches Nicodemus, John 3:1-21 normal

Nicodemus goes under the cover of night to visit Jesus. Jesus says to him "you must be born again from above" e.g. spirit. And also by natural father and mother. Jesus is now back in Jerusalem for the Jewish Passover Feast early Spring e.g. March-April. Jesus uses the term Son of Man to Nicodemus to say I am God.
Background Reading: 3:1 Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus.   Read more »

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman at the well, John 4:1-42 normal

Jesus talks to a woman in the middle of the day . This happened in town of Sychar. Hebrew name of Sychar could mean shoulder. Jesus and His disciples were again heading back to Galilee. Via Samaria which not the normal way for a Jew to travel to Galilee. They all traveled the longer way by going up the Jordan River on the other side.
Background Reading: 4:1 Now when Jesus realized that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John—   Read more »

Jesus calls for disciples a second time, Luke 5:1-11 normal

The first time Jesus calls for disciples He was near the river Jordan. The Second time Jesus calls disciples He was at the Sea of Galilee. Some disciples were in both groups e.g. Peter, Andrew. This time Peter and his brother Andrew were working by casting a net into the lake. Fishing. At this time he called James and John who were brothers. This was the second set of brothers called. The other set of brothers in the 12 disciples were Andrew and Simon also called Peter by Jesus.   Read more »

Man on a sleeping mat, Luke 5:17-26 normal

Jesus heals a man brought on his sleeping mat by four friends. Houses were constructed mainly of clay and stone. Were mainly flat roofed with a stairway at the side of the house. The four friends climbed the stairs and removed the roof tiles. They lowered the man on a mat right in front of Jesus. Jesus healed him and the man went home praising God. Jesus saying he was the Son of Man and had power to forgive sins was saying He was God. The Jewish leaders kept saying he was not God but how wrong they were. Jesus did this on his return to Capernaum.   Read more »

The Healing of two Blind Men in a house, Matthew 9:27-31

The healing of these two blind men may have taken place in Matthew's own house. Matthew had just been called as a disciple. He was based in Galilee as a tax collector for the Romans. Calling of Matthew also called Levi Matthew 9:9-9, Mark 2:13-14, Luke 5:27-29 Matthew's nationality was that of a Jew probably from the tribe of Levi.
Background Reading: 9:27 As Jesus was traveling on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”  Read more »

Jesus chooses His Twelve Apostles, Luke 6:12-16

After Jesus had spent a night in prayer he chose out of his followers those he wanted to especially train.
The twelve he chose were: 1 Simon (whom he named Peter), 2 His brother Andrew, 3 James and his brother, 4 John, 5 Philip, 6 Bartholomew sometimes called Nathanael, 7 Matthew some times called Levi, 8 Thomas also called Didymus, which means twin, 9 James son of Alphaeus, 10 Simon who was called the Zealot, 11 Judas son of James, 12 And Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. After Jesus had sent out His twelve disciples.   Read more »

The Sermon in a level place, Luke 6:17-49 normal

The sermon in a level place as found in Luke 6:17-49 and the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5:1-7:29 possibility the same message at two different times. It appears that this level pace was in walking distance of Capernaum. May be the mount was in the greater area of Galilee also. Then Jesus starts teaching them how to live their lives according to God's word. In Luke's account Jesus Stood to teach the crowd. In Matthew's account - After seeing the crowds, Jesus took his followers or disciples and Apostles away from the crowd up a mountain side.   Read more »

Roman Centurion a leader of soldiers, Luke 7:1-10 normal

The Centurion's servant was healed at a distance because of the Centurion's faith. Jesus said "He had not found such great faith even in Israel." The Romans were seen as a foreign occupying force. The headquarters for Roman army was at Caesarea, a sea port. This Roman Centurion was stationed at Capernaum a town on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. He had built for the local Jews a place of worship. A centurion was in charge of 100 soldiers.   Read more »

Jesus anointed by a sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-50 normal

Jesus early in his ministry had gone to have an evening meal with a Religious leader called Simon. A woman who had lived a life that had not pleased God came to say sorry. She showed her remorse by anointing Jesus with her own burial perfume. With her tears washed Jesus feet and with her hair wiped Jesus feet dry. Simon had not done the customary thing in washing his guest's feet.
Background Reading: 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. So he went to the Pharisee’s home   Read more »

Farmer sows seeds, Luke 8:4-15 normal

Jesus used a parable of a farmer sowing his fields to illustrate a point. The word of God and how people react to it. The 10th Parable in Luke. In Luke 8:11-15 he gives the explanation of this parable. This parable was told while he was in Galilee. Jesus seems to have told the same parable more than once.
Background Reading: 8:4 Now while a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from every city, he said in a parable:   Read more »

A Lamp on a stand, Luke 8:16-18 normal

In the eleventh parable in Luke Jesus uses a lamp. A parable is a brief, succinct story, in prose or verse, that illustrates a moral or religious lesson. This parable was about making your light shine and what is hidden will be exposed. Jesus was teaching in parables so the people listing would not under stand what he was teaching unless God the father revealed it to them.
Background Reading: 8:16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it under a bowl or puts it under a bed.   Read more »

Jesus calms the Storm, Luke 8:22-25 Fishing-boat

The Lake of Galilee has fierce storms and high winds which come without warning. It was one of these storms that came while Jesus was sleeping in the boat. The wind was so strong that the fishermen disciples were totally terrified. Jesus spoke; "Quiet! Be still", and the wind obeyed Him.
Background Reading: 8:22 One day, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat. He told them, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they started out. 23 Now as they were sailing, Jesus fell asleep. A violent storm swept over the lake, and they were taking on water and were in great danger.   Read more »

Jesus sends out the Twelve, Luke 9:1-6

Jesus sent his twelve disciples later to known as the twelve Apostles, this included Judas Iscariot at this time, out for practical training. They were sent out with power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and Jesus sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. The things that Jesus and the twelve disciples were doing even got all the way to Herod Antipas the Tetrarch the ruler of Galilee and Peraea and even Herod Antipas tried to see Jesus. Compare what happens in Luke 10:1-24 when Jesus appointed sent out the seventy-two others and   Read more »

John the Baptist beheaded by Herod the Tetarch, Matthew 14:1-12 normal

John was God's forerunner for Jesus telling people to get ready for their Messiah. John the Baptist was Jesus' cousin. When John heard the voice of Mary the mother of Jesus he jumped in his mother Elizabeth's womb. Herod the Tetrarch was also known as Herod Antipas ruler of Galilee and Perea 4BC-AD39 and he had John the Baptist beheaded to keep a promise to Salome daughter of Herodias.
Background Reading: 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch, hearing about the fame of Jesus,   Read more »

Jesus feeds five thousand, Luke 9:10-17 normal

Jesus feeds 5000 men plus women and children possibly on the way to a Passover Feast in Jerusalem. Jesus was speaking to the crowd that was there yet He was teaching His own inner twelve at the same time. The event stars of with Jesus planning to debrief his apostles who had just come back from a mission. This was the second to last Passover Feast before his Crucifixion at the next Passover.
Background Reading: 9:10 The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done.   Read more »

Jesus Walks On Water, Mark 6:45-56 normal

After the feeding of the five thousand Jesus makes the disciples get into the boat and go to Bethsaida. Jesus stayed behind. He then later came to them walking on the water. Peter asked if he could come to Him. Jesus said "yes". So Peter got out of the boat and also walked on the water. Then Peter sank when he realized what he was doing.
Background Reading: 6:45 Jesus immediately had his disciples get into a boat and cross to Bethsaida ahead of him,   Read more »

Jesus feeds 4000 men besides women and children, Matthew 15:29-39 normal

Again the crowds came to have their physical needs meet were as Jesus was trying tell them He was here to meet their spiritual needs. Jesus turns seven small bread rolls and some small fish into a meal that feeds 4000 men plus women and children. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Jesus feeds a mixed crowd of Jews and mainly Gentiles the event of feeding the 4000 took place in the Decapolis on the southeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus left the scene by boat.   Read more »

Jesus in a boat, Matthew 15:39 or Mark 8:10 normal

Again one of the number of times Jesus used a boat to get around the Sea or Lake of Galilee. The Pharisees again ask Jesus for a sign this time Jesus sighs and says no sign will be given. Other times included:
Matthew 4:21; 8:23; 9:1; 13:2; 14:13;15:39; Mark 3:9; 4:35; 8:10-13
Luke 5:2; 8:22; John 6:23: 21:8   Read more »

Blind Man at Bethsaida, Mark 8:22-26

Jesus healed a Blind Man while at village of Bethsaida by taking him outside the village. Jesus spat on his eyes and laid His hands on him twice. Jesus then said to the Blind man go home and do not tell people what I have done for you. If you notice Jesus healed each blind man or blind men a unique way each time.
Background Reading: 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.   Read more »

Key to the Kingdom, Peter’s confession of Christ, Matthew 16:13-20 normal

Jesus asks His disciples "who do you think I am." Peter answers "You are the Christ or You are the Messiah." Jesus replies "you are Peter (Petros=stone)" "I [Jesus] am the bed rock (petra) and I [Jesus] will build My Church and the gates of Hades i.e. powers of death will not overcome it." Jesus holds the keys and control of Death and Hades and he lives for ever and ever. Keys denotes authority and power. Hades is the Greek word for hell.
Background Reading: 16:13 When Jesus had come to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,   Read more »

The Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36 normal

Jesus goes to a mountain top with three of his disciples. And meets with His father and two men, possibly Moses and Elijah. Peter wanted to build three Shelters or Tabernacles or Sacred tents. God replied to Peter's comments were by saying "Listen to my Son". God now does not dwell in tents but in His peoples' hearts. Once again Jesus was tell His disciples that he was going to die and how it was to happen yet the disciples still did not get it.
Background Reading: 9:28 Now about eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John, and James with him and   Read more »

Jesus sends out seventy or seventy two disciples, Luke 10:1-24 Jesus sends out seventy or seventy two disciples

Jesus sent 70 or 72 disciples out for practical training. Jesus has already sent out earlier His 12 inner group of disciples for practical training. This time the disciples came back all excited that the evil spirits were in their control. To which Jesus replied but "rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Jesus ends the whole excise with more teaching on who He is and His relationship to God and also the disciples relationship to God.
Background Reading: 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and   Read more »

Light, Jesus is the Light of the world, John 8:12 normal

Jesus by saying "I Am" was telling the people that He was God. And a number of Jewish leaders believed He was not God because Jesus lived in Nazareth but were was He born. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. And was were the messiah was to be born of the line of King David. Jesus said "I am the light of the world". Jesus was saying follow me not others, See Me and believe on Me you see God. If you will follow me you will all ways walk in my light. Jesus was now only teaching the crowds in parables so they could hear but not understand. Only to His disciples was Jesus explaining His teachings   Read more »

Jesus heals a man born blind, John 9:1-41

Jesus heals a man born blind. To teach his disciples a truth. Those against Jesus used this to cause trouble. Jesus makes his point again to the Pharisees he heals this blind man on a Sabbath. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and one of the signs that He was the Messiah to come from God was He, Jesus, would heal the blind. The word Sabbath in Hebrew means: rest.
Background Reading: 9:1 As he was walking along, he observed a man who had been blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him,   Read more »

Jesus looks out for the lost sheep, John 10:1-21 normal

As His sheep we need to know the true shepherd and respond to His voice. Jesus used an every day example to make his point that he was the true shepherd and He will look after His flock. Jesus was still polarizing His Jewish listeners those who did not believe he was the Messiah and those who did. Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Jesus soon after this teaching goes beyond the Jordan somewhere near Jericho.
Background Reading: 10:1 “Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, the person who doesn’t enter the sheepfold through the gate,   Read more »

Jesus uses Jonah as a sign, Luke 11:29-32 normal

Jesus talks about Jonah the prophet as a sign to his Jewish hearers. Jonah ministry was about 782BC-753BC The prophet who traveled in a whale to Nineveh. The city of Nineveh is now called Mosul with a Jewish quarter, synagogues, study halls and a cemetery.
Background Reading: 11:29 Now as the crowds continued to throng around Jesus, he went on to say, “This people living today are an evil generation. It craves a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah, 30 because just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh,   Read more »

God is the Light, Luke 11:33-36 normal

Jesus came as the light of the world. Jesus uses this parable (17th in Luke) to illustrate. Believe in Jesus and walk in the light of life. Darkness is a state of those who do not believe in Jesus. The lamp represents the light of God and his son Jesus. JESUS IS THE LAMP AND GOD IS THE LIGHT.
Background Reading: 11:33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hiding place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see its light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light.   Read more »

Keys, Luke 11:37-52 normal

Keys Luke 11:52 sixth woe or terror. Key was a symbol of authority. With the right key you can open or lock doors. Again we see an insight to the running war Jesus had with the Pharisees the stricter religious group with in the Israeli religious system. After Jesus had said some comments against them and the teachers of the law see the bottom two lines of the background reading for their response.
Background Reading: 11:37 After Jesus had said this, a Pharisee invited him to have a meal with him. So Jesus went and   Read more »

The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:13-21 normal

Jesus in answer to a question replied with a parable. May be the questioner was using the Law of Moses as found in Deuteronomy 21:15-17. The Parable of the Rich Fool. The 18th parable in Luke illustrating that life does not consist of earthly possessions.
Background Reading: 12:13 Then someone in the crowd told him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But Jesus asked him, “Mister, who appointed me to be a judge or arbitrator over you people?   Read more »

Be ready to serve Jesus day and night, Luke 12:35-40 normal

Jesus uses this parable (28th in Luke) to illustrate: Having yourself ready for the master day or night. Master in this case is Jesus. The lamp represents the light of God and his son Jesus. JESUS IS THE LAMP AND GOD IS THE LIGHT.
Background Reading: 12:35 “You must keep your belts fastened and your lamps burning. 36 Be like people who are waiting for their master to return from a wedding. As soon as he arrives and knocks,   Read more »

The Parable of the Lost Sheep, Luke 15:1-7

Jesus tells another parable this time. About the lost sheep. Until we know Jesus we are like lost the sheep. The shepherd if he lost a sheep he had to pay the owner for the sheep he had lost. For a person who did not make much money it was a lot of money. Jesus as the Good Shepherd was going to give His life for His sheep. How often do we see a parable spoken after the Jewish Religious leaders like this time the Pharisees and the teachers of the law had said something against Jesus.   Read more »

Lazarus raised from the dead, John 11:1-45 normal

Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Mary and Martha were Lazarus' sisters. Jesus had just come back from beyond the Jordan. After healing Lazarus he goes to Ephraim until Passover week. Jesus again split people in two camps those for Him and those against Him. Some of the religious leader of Israel who were against Jesus used this event to plot for Jesus' death. Jesus knew what He and His father had planned was about to happen Jesus Death. Jesus, The Prophet, The Priest and The King,   Read more »

The Plot to Kill Jesus, John 11:45-57 normal

After healing Lazarus Jesus goes to the village of Ephraim until Passover week. Jesus new that some of the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus so He stayed out of their way until it was time for Him to die which was at the being of the Passover, one of the feasts God commanded all Jewish men to keep. Caiaphas the High Priest that year prophesied why Jesus was to die. Ephraim is on a conical hill overlooking the Jordan valley and the Dead Sea. Sixteen miles north east of Jerusalem and five miles east of Bethel.   Read more »

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, Matthew 18:21-35 normal

Forgiveness: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant The 48th Parable in Matthew 18:21-35 The first servant probably in to-day's money owed millions of dollars. This man was in charge of a number of servants. The second servant probably in to-day's money owed maximum of two or three thousand dollars.
Background Reading: 18:21 Then Peter came up and asked him, “Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and   Read more »

A Blind Beggar receives his sight, Luke 18:35-43

There is a number of times in the Gospels Jesus opened blind eyes. This one was as Jesus approached Jericho to pass through it on His way to Jerusalem and his death by crucifixion. This blind man reconsigned Jesus as Lord and was able to heal him from his blindness. Those who could not work had to beg for food and money like now in many countries were the state does not look after the sick. A sign of the Messiah was He would heal the blind, make the deaf and mute hear and speak, heal the sick and raise the dead.   Read more »

Zacchaeus the tax collector, Luke 19:1-10 normal

Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector, climbs a tree so that he can see Jesus. The local people did not like him because he worked for the Romans. Jesus said "Zacchaeus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today." Jesus stays with Zacchaeus for a meal. We are not told whether it was lunch or evening dinner. After the meal, Jesus leaves Jericho. He walks towards Jerusalem and His death in 10 days time.   Read more »
Next Bible Module or part or section is: Easter - Palm Sunday to Pentecost.

Ministry of Jesus Time line timeline.210.390

Ministry of Jesus - time line three and a half years.
Ministry of Jesus - time line three and a half years.
Ministry of Jesus - time line three and a half years.
Ministry of Jesus - time line three and a half years.   Read more »