The Travels and Acts of  Jesus in Year Three of His Ministry c AD29-30




 [1] Jesus  travels from Capernaum to "his own native town" of Nazareth ( Mk 6:1)

 [2] In Nazareth, he is rejected for a second time (Mt 13:54; Mk 6:1)

 [3] He continues through Galilee (Mt 13:58; Mk 6:6) and sends out the  twelve apostles to preach            

          the Gospel (Mt 10:5; Mk 6:7; Lk 9:1)

 [4] The  Twelve return to  Capernaum from  their mission (Mk 6:30, Luke 9:10)

 [5] From Capernaum, they go off by boat with Jesus to a  quiet place (Mk 6:32) near  Bethsaida  

         (Lk 9:10). Here he feeds the 5,000 (Mt 14:14; Mk 6:33; Lk 9:11; Jn 6:5)

 [6] The disciples return across the Sea of Galilee (Mt 14:22;  Mk 6:45), Jesus walking on the       

         water to join them (Mt 14:25; Mk 6:48; Jn  6:19). They land near the Plain of Gennesaret                

         and Jesus heals many  people there (Mt 14:34;  Mk 6:53)

 [7] From Gennesaret they make their way back to Capernaum (Jn 6:24) and Jesus teaches about                        

          the Bread of Life (Jn  6:26)




[8] Jesus retires from  Galilee to the region of Tyre and Sidon in Syrian-Phoenicia  (Mt 15:21;                   

         Mk 7:24) where he heals the daughter of the  Gentile Syrophoenician woman (Mt 15:22;      Mk 7:25).

[9] He leaves Syrian-Phoenicia via Sidon for Galilee (Mt 15:29) but travels through the Decapolis (Mk 7:31).

 [10] In the Decapolis  he heals  the deaf and mute man  (Mk 7:32) and feeds the 4,000 (Mt 15:32;            Mk 8:1)

 [11] Reaching the Sea of Galilee, he crosses by boat to  the Magadan/Dalmanutha region            

         (Mt 15:39; Mk 8:10). There the Pharisees and Sadducees ask  for a sign from heaven          (Mt 16:1; Mk 8:11)

[12] Continuing on to Bethsaida, a blind man is  healed (Mk 8:22)

[13] Jesus now travels from Galilee, north to Caesarea  Philippi in Iturea and Trachonitis, where               

          Peter confesses  that Jesus is the Christ (Mt 16:13; Mk 8:27)

 [14] Continuing on from Caesarea Philippi possibly  further north towards Mount Hermon, three              

         of the  disciples see Jesus Transfigured in the presence of Elijah and Moses (Mt 17:1;  Mk              

          9:2; Lk 9:28). On his return, Jesus heals the boy  with epilepsy (Mt 17:14;  Mk 9:14; Lk                  

         9:37). Other traditions place the Transfiguration  to the south, on Mount  Tabor.                  

         The epileptic boy would then have been healed in the Galilee area.

[15] In Galilee (Mt 17:22;  Mk 9:30) in Capernaum (Mk 9:33), Jesus pays the  Temple Tax with    

         a fish! (Mt 17:24). Then to avoid the dangers in  Judea, he  remains in Galilee (Jn  7:1)




[16] Jesus leaves  Capernaum and Galilee for the last earthly time (Mt 19:1;  Mk 10:1) and heads             

         for Jerusalem (Lk 9:51; Jn 7:10).  Travelling by Samaria, he heals the ten lepers                  

         (Lk 17:11) but is rejected in a  Samaritan village (Lk  9:52)

 [17] Arriving in Jerusalem for the Feast  of the Tabernacles in the Autumn         

       of c AD29 (Jn 7:10), Jesus forgives  the woman caught in adultery     

       (Jn 8:2) and heals the blind man who is taken before the Sanhedrin 

       (Jn 9:1)

 [18] During his travels in Judea, Jesus visits Martha and  Mary in Bethany                 

       (Lk 10:38),  returning to Jerusalem for "Hanukkah", the  Feast of       

       Dedication in December c AD29 (Jn 10:22)




[19] Jesus withdraws to Bethany-across-the-Jordan (or Bethabara "where           

        John had  first baptised"), and into the province of Perea,  and stays  for a while (Jn 10:40)

 [20] Following the death of Lazarus, Jesus returns to  Bethany near Jerusalem, and raises him (Lazarus) from the dead (Jn 11:1).

 [21] Because of threats to his life, Jesus withdraws to Ephraim to the north of Jerusalem (Jn 11:54)




[22] He then  crosses the River Jordan and works in Perea (Mt 19:1; Mk 10:1). There he blesses the little 

         children (Mt 19:13, Mk  10:13; Lk 18:15) and speaks to the rich young man (Mt 19:16; Mk 10:17; Lk 18:18)




[23] Jesus  now travels  towards Jerusalem for the last time (Mt 20:17; Mk 10:32; Lk 18:31).                      

         Passing through Jericho he heals one (or two) blind men (Mt 20:29; Mk 10:46; Lk 18:35)                 

          and converts  Zacchaeus the tax collector (Lk 19:1).

 [24] Reaching Bethany (Jn  12:1) the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, Jesus is anointed  by   

         Mary either now (Jn  12:2), or later (Mt 26:6; Mk 14:3) after his triumphal  entry into          

         Jerusalem (Mt  21:1; Mk 11:1; Lk 19:29; Jn 12:12)

 [25] During the Easter week, Jesus returns to Jerusalem each day after staying overnight  in       

Bethany on the  Mount of Olives (Mt 21:17-18; Mk 11:11-12;19; Lk 21:37).






John 10:19-42

This section continues to focus on who Jesus is.  Theologically it is foundational for Christology.


Jesus is the Messiah 10:22-30

Jesus is the Son of God 10:31-39


From this section we can conclude that Jesus is either the Son of God and the Messiah or else he is either:

a)      very misrepresented by John

b)      is “demon-possessed or raving mad” (11:21








Feast of Dedication was an eight day feast or Hanukkah (also called the Feast of Llights).  It was instituted in 165 by Judas Maccabeus after cleaning the Temple after its desecration in 168 by Antiochus Epiphanes.  The Syrian king had replaced the bronze altar of burnt offering and replaced it with a pagan altar where he offered a pig to Jupiter.  It falls around December 22.



Because it was winter Jesus taught in the long hallway called Solomon’s colonnade on the east side of the temple courtyard.  The colonnade.

 Model of “Herod’s temple” which stood between 19 BC and AD 70.  The Temple Mount was bordered by columned porticos(1) which on the east side, (immediate foreground) included Solomon’s Colonnade(2).  Here Yeshua spoke with the Pharisees in John 10:22-39.



Jesus had told people that he was the Messiah.  (the woman at the well, his disciples, etc.)

But he had not made a public announcement because all kinds of people including the patriots and the militias would have made a move.  So in this sense Jesus had not reveal himself to the public, but for those that had been listening he was very clear.



Jesus had done the works that the Messiah would do.

Anyone could come and make a public announcement, “I am the Messiah.”

Only Jesus could do the works of the Messiah.  His works spoke for him.







“never perish” does not mean they will never have earthly trouble but that they will be delivered inspite of earthly trouble.


“My Hand”  vs. 29 “My Father’s Hand”


“My Father’s Hand”


“One” is neuter and not femine or masculine.  In the Greek this means “One Thing”.   To mean “One Person” it would have to be masculine (or, feminine).

POINT:  Jesus and the Father are the same “thing”, they both have the character of God.

They are not the same person so Jesus is not the Father and the Father is not Jesus.  The Greek does not say that.



The Jews asked for a statement of his Messiahship and he told them that He and the Father were the same thing or of the same divine essence.  It was more than they wanted to hear.  In their theology the Messiah may have been a great man that God anointed but for a man to claim to be God is more than they can handle.



Jesus stops the stones by asking a question

Jesus brings them back to the miracles since that was his proof of his claim.


Jesus does not try to correct the Jews accusation, “You. . . claim to be God.”


“It stands written” is John’s formula for citing scripture as proof.

In Psalm 82:6  the term “gods” (eloim) is used to refer to Israel’s judges and their position they were given from God.


Jesus’ point is if God’s own word calls men “gods” why should the Jews be upset with Jesus applying something that could be very similar.


The judges (similar to authority and government) stood in the place of God before the people.

Jesus may be trying to get them to argue about the proper use of the word “eloim” and its reference to man before they consider if He is God.

Basically Jesus stalled his execution for blaspheme by citing Jewish scripture that said the same thing.