250 Events in the Life of Christ

A Harmony of the Gospels*

Contents:

I.   Birth and Preparation of Jesus Christ
II.  Message and Ministry of Jesus Christ
III. Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Introduction

All four books in the Bible that tell the story of Jesus Christ—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—stand alone, emphasizing a unique aspect of Jesus’ life. But when these are blended into one complete account, or harmonized, we gain new insights about the life of Christ.

This harmony combines the four Gospels into a single chronological account of Christ’s life on earth. It includes every chapter and verse of each Gospel, leaving nothing out.

The harmony is divided into 250 events. The title of each event is identical to the title found in the corresponding Gospel. Parallel passages found in more than one Gospel have identical titles, helping you to identify them quickly.

Each of the 250 events in the harmony is numbered. The number of the event corresponds to the number next to the title in the Bible text. When reading one of the Gospel accounts, you will notice, at times, that some numbers are missing or out of sequence. The easiest way to locate these events is to refer to the harmony.

In addition, if you are looking for a particular event in the life of Christ, the harmony can help you locate it more rapidly than paging through all four Gospels. Each of the 250 events has a distinctive title keyed to the main emphasis of the passage to help you locate and remember the events.

This harmony will help you to better visualize the travels of Jesus, study the four Gospels comparatively, and appreciate the unity of their message.

I. Birth and Preparation of Jesus Christ

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

1. Luke’s purpose in writing

Lk 1:1-4

2. God became a human

Jn 1:1-18

3. The record of Jesus’ ancestors

Mt 1:1-17

Lk 3:23-38

4. An angel promises the birth of John to Zechariah

Lk 1:5-25

5. An angel promises the birth of Jesus to Mary

Lk 1:26-38

6. Mary visits Elizabeth

Lk 1:39-56

7. John the Baptist is born

Lk 1:57-80

8. An angel appears to Joseph

Mt 1:18-25

9. Jesus is born in Bethlehem

Lk 2:1-7

10. Shepherds visit Jesus

Lk 2:8-20

11. Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple

Lk 2:21-40

12. Visitors arrive from eastern lands

Mt 2:1-12

13. The escape to Egypt

Mt 2:13-18

14. The return to Nazareth

Mt 2:19-23

15. Jesus speaks with the religious teachers

Lk 2:41-52

16. John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus

Mt 3:1-12

Mk 1:1-8

Lk 3:1-18

17. The baptism of Jesus

Mt 3:13-17

Mk 1:9-11

Lk 3:21-22

18. Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness

Mt 4:1-11

Mk 1:12-13

Lk 4:1-13

19. John the Baptist declares his mission

Jn 1:19-28

20. John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the Messiah

Jn 1:29-34

21. The first disciples follow Jesus

Jn 1:35-51

22. Jesus turns water into wine

Jn 2:1-12

II. Message and Ministry of Jesus Christ

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

23. Jesus clears the Temple

Jn 2:13-25

24. Nicodemus visits Jesus at night

Jn 3:1-21

25. John the Baptist tells more about Jesus

Jn 3:22-36

26. Herod puts John in prison

Lk 3:19-20

27. Jesus talks to a woman at the well

Jn 4:1-26

28. Jesus tells about the spiritual harvest

Jn 4:27-38

29. Many Samaritans believe in Jesus

Jn 4:39-42

30. Jesus preaches in Galilee

Mt 14:12-17

Mk 1:14-15

Lk 4:14-15

Jn 4:43-45

31. Jesus heals a government official’s son

Jn 4:46-54

32. Jesus is rejected at Nazareth

Lk 4:16-30

33. Four fishermen follow Jesus

Mt 4:18-22

Mk 1:16-20

34. Jesus teaches with great authority

Mk 1:21-28

Lk 4:31-37

35. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law and many others

Mt 8:14-17

Mk 1:29-34

Lk 4:38-41

36. Jesus preaches throughout Galilee

Mt 4:23-25

Mk 1:35-39

Lk 4:42-44

37. Jesus provides a miraculous catch of fish

Lk 5:1-11

38. Jesus heals a man with leprosy

Mt 8:1-4

Mk 1:40-45

Lk 5:12-16

39. Jesus heals a paralyzed man

Mt 9:1-8

Mk 2:1-12

Lk 5:17-26

40. Jesus eats with sinners at Matthew’s house

Mt 9:9-13

Mk 2:13-17

Lk 5:27-32

41. Religious leaders ask Jesus about fasting

Mt 9:14-17

Mk 2:18-22

Lk 5:33-39

42. Jesus heals a lame man by a pool

Jn 5:1-15

43. Jesus claims to be the Son of God

Jn 5:16-30

44. Jesus supports his claim

Jn 5:31-47

45. The disciples pick wheat on the Sabbath

Mt 12:1-8

Mk 2:23-28

Lk 6:1-5

46. Jesus heals a man’s hand on the Sabbath

Mt 12:9-14

Mk 3:1-6

Lk 6:6-11

47. Large crowds follow Jesus

Mt 12:15-21

Mk 3:7-12

48. Jesus chooses the twelve disciples

Mk 3:13-19

Lk 6:12-16

49. Jesus gives the Beatitudes

Mt 5:1-12

Lk 6:17-26

50. Jesus teaches about salt and light

Mt 5:13-16

51. Jesus teaches about the law

Mt 5:17-20

52. Jesus teaches about anger

Mt 5:21-26

53. Jesus teaches about lust

Mt 5:27-30

54. Jesus teaches about divorce

Mt 5:31-32

55. Jesus teaches about vows

Mt 5:33-37

56. Jesus teaches about revenge

Mt 5:38-42

57. Jesus teaches about loving enemies

Mt 5:43-48

Lk 6:27-36

58. Jesus teaches about giving to the needy

Mt 6:1-4

59. Jesus teaches about prayer

Mt 6:5-15

60. Jesus teaches about fasting

Mt 6:16-18

61. Jesus teaches about money

Mt 6:19-24

62. Jesus teaches about worry

Mt 6:25-34

63. Jesus teaches about judging others

Mt 7:1-6

Lk 6:37-42

64. Jesus teaches about asking, looking, knocking

Mt 7:7-12

65. Jesus teaches about the way to heaven

Mt 7:13-14

66. Jesus teaches about fruit in people’s lives

Mt 7:15-20

Lk 6:43-45

67. Jesus teaches about building on a solid foundation

Mt 7:21-29

Lk 6:46-49

68. A Roman officer demonstrates faith

Mt 8:5-13

Lk 7:1-10

69. Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead

Lk 7:11-17

70. Jesus eases John’s doubt

Mt 11:1-19

Lk 7:18-35

71. Jesus promises rest for the soul

Mt 11:20-30

72. A sinful woman anoints Jesus’ feet

Lk 7:36-50

73. Women accompany Jesus and the disciples

Lk 8:1-3

74. Religious leaders accuse Jesus of getting his power from Satan

Mt 12:22-37

Mk 3:20-30

75. Religious leaders ask Jesus for a miracle

Mt 12:38-45

76. Jesus describes his true family

Mt 12:46-50

Mk 3:31-35

Lk 8:19-21

77. Jesus tells the parable of the four soils

Mt 13:1-9

Mk 4:1-9

Lk 8:4-8

78. Jesus explains the parable of the four soils

Mt 13:10-23

Mk 4:10-25

Lk 8:9-18

79. Jesus tells the parable of the growing seed

Mk 4:26-29

80. Jesus tells the parable of the weeds

Mt 13:24-30

81. Jesus tells the parable of the mustard seed

Mt 13:31-32

Mk 4:30-34

82. Jesus tells the parable of the yeast

Mt 13:33-35

83. Jesus explains the parable of the weeds

Mt 13:36-43

84. Jesus tells the parable of hidden treasure

Mt 13:44

85. Jesus tells the parable of the pearl merchant

Mt 13:45-46

86. Jesus tells the parable of the fishing net

Mt 13:47-52

87. Jesus calms the storm

Mt 8:23-27

Mk 4:35-41

Lk 8:22-25

88. Jesus sends demons into a herd of pigs

Mt 8:28-34

Mk 5:1-20

Lk 8:26-39

89. Jesus heals a bleeding woman and restores a girl to life

Mt 9:18-26

Mk 5:21-43

Lk 8:40-56

90. Jesus heals the blind and mute

Mt 9:27-34

91. The people of Nazareth refuse to believe

Mt 13:53-58

Mk 6:1-6

92. Jesus urges the disciples to pray for workers

Mt 9:35-38

93. Jesus sends out the twelve disciples

Mt 10:1-15

Mk 6:7-13

Lk 9:1-6

94. Jesus prepares the disciples for persecution

Mt 10:16-42

95. Herod kills John the Baptist

Mt 14:1-12

Mk 6:14-29

Lk 9:7-9

96. Jesus feeds 5,000

Mt 14:13-21

Mk 6:30-44

Lk 9:10-17

Jn 6:1-15

97. Jesus walks on water

Mt 14:22-33

Mk 6:45-52

Jn 6:16-21

98. Jesus heals all who touch him

Mt 14:34-36

Mk 6:53-56

99. Jesus is the true bread from heaven

Jn 6:22-40

100. The people disagree that Jesus is from heaven

Jn 6:41-59

101. Many disciples desert Jesus

Jn 6:60-71

102. Jesus teaches about inner purity

Mt 15:1-20

Mk 7:1-23

103. Jesus sends a demon out of a girl

Mt 15:21-28

Mk 7:24-30

104. Jesus heals many people

Mt 15:29-31

Mk 7:31-37

105. Jesus feeds 4,000

Mt 15:32-39

Mk 8:1-10

106. Leaders demand a miraculous sign

Mt 16:1-4

Mk 8:11-13

107. Jesus warns against wrong teaching

Mt 16:5-12

Mk 8:14-21

108. Jesus restores sight to a blind man

Mk 8:22-26

109. Peter says Jesus is the Messiah

Mt 16:13-20

Mk 8:27-30

Lk 9:18-20

110. Jesus predicts his death the first time

Mt 16:21-28

Mk 8:31–9:1

Lk 9:21-27

111. Jesus is transfigured on the mountain

Mt 17:1-13

Mk 9:2-13

Lk 9:28-36

112. Jesus heals a demon-possessed boy

Mt 17:14-21

Mk 9:14-29

Lk 9:37-43

113. Jesus predicts his death the second time

Mt 17:22-23

Mk 9:30-32

Lk 9:44-45

114. Peter finds the coin in the fish’s mouth

Mt 17:24-27

115. The disciples argue about who would be the greatest

Mt 18:1-6

Mk 9:33-37

Lk 9:46-48

116. The disciples forbid another to use Jesus’ name

Mk 9:38-41

Lk 9:49-50

117. Jesus warns against temptation

Mt 18:7-9

Mk 9:42-50

118. Jesus warns against looking down on others

Mt 18:10-14

119. Jesus teaches how to treat a believer who sins

Mt 18:15-20

120. Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving debtor

Mt 18:21-35

121. Jesus’ brothers ridicule him

Jn 7:1-9

122. Jesus teaches about the cost of following him

Mt 8:18-22

Lk 9:51-62

123. Jesus teaches openly at the Temple

Jn 7:10-31

124. Religious leaders attempt to arrest Jesus

Jn 7:32-52

125. Jesus forgives an adulterous woman

Jn 7:53–8:11

126. Jesus is the light of the world

Jn 8:12-20

127. Jesus warns of coming judgment

Jn 8:21-30

128. Jesus speaks about God’s true children

Jn 8:32-47

129. Jesus states he is eternal

Jn 8:48-59

130. Jesus sends out 72 messengers

Lk 10:1-16

131. The 72 messengers return

Lk 10:17-24

132. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan

Lk 10:25-37

133. Jesus visits Mary and Martha

Lk 10:38-42

134. Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer

Lk 11:1-13

135. Jesus answers hostile accusations

Lk 11:14-28

136. Jesus warns against unbelief

Lk 11:29-32

137. Jesus teaches about the light within

Lk 11:33-36

138. Jesus criticizes the religious leaders

Lk 11:37-54

139. Jesus speaks against hypocrisy

Lk 12:1-12

140. Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool

Lk 12:13-21

141. Jesus warns about worry

Lk 12:22-34

142. Jesus warns about preparing for his coming

Lk 12:35-48

143. Jesus warns about coming division

Lk 12:49-53

144. Jesus warns about the future crisis

Lk 12:54-59

145. Jesus calls the people to repent

Lk 13:1-9

146. Jesus heals the crippled woman

Lk 13:10-17

147. Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of God

Lk 13:18-21

148. Jesus heals the man who was born blind

Jn 9:1-12

149. Religious leaders question the blind man

Jn 9:13-34

150. Jesus teaches about spiritual blindness

Jn 9:35-41

151. Jesus is the good shepherd

Jn 10:1-21

152. Religious leaders surround Jesus at the Temple

Jn 10:22-42

153. Jesus teaches about entering the Kingdom

Lk 13:22-30

154. Jesus grieves over Jerusalem

Lk 13:31-35

155. Jesus heals a man with swollen limbs

Lk 14:1-6

156. Jesus teaches about seeking honor

Lk 14:7-14

157. Jesus tells the parable of the great festival

Lk 14:15-24

158. Jesus teaches about the cost of being a disciple

Lk 14:25-35

159. Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep

Lk 15:1-7

160. Jesus tells the parable of the lost coin

Lk 15:8-10

161. Jesus tells the parable of the lost son

Lk 15:11-32

162. Jesus tells the parable of the shrewd manager

Lk 16:1-18

163. Jesus tells about the rich man and the beggar

Lk 16:19-31

164. Jesus tells about forgiveness and faith

Lk 17:1-10

165. Lazarus becomes ill and dies

Jn 11:1-16

166. Jesus comforts Mary and Martha

Jn 11:17-37

167. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead

Jn 11:38-44

168. Religious leaders plot to kill Jesus

Jn 11:45-57

169. Jesus heals ten men with leprosy

Lk 17:11-19

170. Jesus teaches about the coming of the Kingdom of God

Lk 17:20-37

171. Jesus tells the parable of the persistent widow

Lk 18:1-8

172. Jesus tells the parable of two men who prayed

Lk 18:9-14

173. Jesus teaches about marriage and divorce

Mt 19:1-12

Mk 10:1-12

174. Jesus blesses the children

Mt 19:13-15

Mk 10:13-16

Lk 18:15-17

175. Jesus speaks to the rich young man

Mt 19:16-30

Mk 10:17-31

Lk 18:18-30

176. Jesus tells the parable of the vineyard workers

Mt 20:1-16

177. Jesus predicts his death the third time

Mt 20:17-19

Mk 10:32-34

Lk 18:31-34

178. Jesus teaches about serving others

Mt 20:20-28

Mk 10:35-45

179. Jesus heals a blind beggar

Mt 20:29-34

Mk 10:46-52

Lk 18:35-43

180. Jesus brings salvation to Zacchaeus’s home

Lk 19:1-10

181. Jesus tells the parable of the king’s ten servants

Lk 19:11-27

182. A woman anoints Jesus with perfume

Mt 26:6-13

Mk 14:3-9

Jn 12:1-11

183. Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a young donkey

Mt 21:1-11

Mk 11:1-11

Lk 19:28-44

Jn 12:12-19

184. Jesus clears the Temple again

Mt 21:12-17

Mk 11:12-19

Lk 19:45-48

185. Jesus explains why he must die

Jn 12:20-36

186. Most of the people do not believe in Jesus

Jn 12:37-43

187. Jesus summarizes his message

Jn 12:44-50

188. Jesus says the disciples can pray for anything

Mt 21:18-22

Mk 11:20-26

189. Religious leaders challenge Jesus’ authority

Mt 21:23-27

Mk 11:27-33

Lk 20:1-8

190. Jesus tells the parable of the two sons

Mt 21:28-32

191. Jesus tells the parable of the evil farmers

Mt 21:33-46

Mk 12:1-12

Lk 20:9-19

192. Jesus tells the parable of the wedding dinner

Mt 22:1-14

193. Religious leaders question Jesus about paying taxes

Mt 22:15-22

Mk 12:13-17

Lk 20:20-26

194. Religious leaders question Jesus about the Resurrection

Mt 22:23-33

Mk 12:18-27

Lk 20:27-40

195. Religious leaders question Jesus about the greatest commandment

Mt 22:34-40

Mk 12:28-34

196. Religious leaders cannot answer Jesus’ question

Mt 22:41-46

Mk 12:35-37

Lk 20:41-44

197. Jesus warns against the religious leaders

Mt 23:1-12

Mk 12:38-40

Lk 20:45-47

198. Jesus condemns the religious leaders

Mt 23:13-36

199. Jesus grieves over Jerusalem again

Mt 23:37-39

200. A poor widow gives all she has

Mk 12:41-44

Lk 21:1-4

201. Jesus tells about the future

Mt 24:1-25

Mk 13:1-23

Lk 21:5-24

202. Jesus tells about his return

Mt 24:26-35

Mk 13:24-31

Lk 21:25-33

203. Jesus tells about remaining watchful

Mt 24:36-51

Mk 13:32-37

Lk 21:34-38

204. Jesus tells the parable of the ten bridesmaids

Mt 25:1-13

205. Jesus tells the parable of the loaned money

Mt 25:14-30

206. Jesus tells about the final judgment

Mt 25:31-46

III. Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

207. Religious leaders plot to kill Jesus

Mt 26:1-5

Mk 14:1-2

Lk 22:1-2

208. Judas agrees to betray Jesus

Mt 26:14-16

Mk 14:10-11

Lk 22:3-6

209. Disciples prepare for the Passover

Mt 26:17-19

Mk 14:12-16

Lk 22:7-13

210. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet

Jn 13:1-20

211. Jesus and the disciples share the Last Supper

Mt 26:20-30

Mk 14:17-26

Lk 22:14-30

Jn 13:21-30

212. Jesus predicts Peter’s denial

Lk 22:31-38

Jn 13:31-38

213. Jesus is the way to the Father

Jn 14:1-14

214. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit

Jn 14:15-31

215. Jesus teaches about the vine and the branches

Jn 15:1-17

216. Jesus warns about the world’s hatred

Jn 15:18–16:4

217. Jesus teaches about the Holy Spirit

Jn 16:5-15

218. Jesus teaches about using his name in prayer

Jn 16:16-33

219. Jesus prays for himself

Jn 17:1-5

220. Jesus prays for his disciples

Jn 17:6-19

221. Jesus prays for future believers

Jn 17:20-26

222. Jesus again predicts Peter’s denial

Mt 26:31-35

Mk 14:27-31

223. Jesus agonizes in the garden

Mt 26:36-46

Mk 14:32-42

Lk 22:39-46

224. Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Mt 26:47-56

Mk 14:43-52

Lk 22:47-53

Jn 18:1-11

225. Annas questions Jesus

Jn 18:12-24

226. Caiaphas questions Jesus

Mt 26:57-68

Mk 14:53-65

227. Peter denies knowing Jesus

Mt 26:69-75

Mk 14:66-72

Lk 22:54-65

Jn 18:25-27

228. The council of religious leaders condemns Jesus

Mt 27:1-2

Mk 15:1

Lk 22:66-71

229. Judas hangs himself

Mt 27:3-10

230. Jesus’ trial before Pilate

Mt 27:11-14

Mk 15:2-5

Lk 23:1-5

Jn 18:28-37

231. Jesus stands trial before Herod

Lk 23:6-12

232. Pilate hands Jesus over to be crucified

Mt 27:15-26

Mk 15:6-15

Lk 23:13-25

Jn 18:38–19:16

233. Roman soldiers mock Jesus

Mt 27:27-31

Mk 15:16-20

234. Jesus is led away to be crucified

Mt 27:32-34

Mk 15:21-24

Lk 23:26-31

Jn 19:17

235. Jesus is placed on the cross

Mt 27:35-44

Mk 15:25-32

Lk 23:32-43

Jn 19:18-27

236. Jesus dies on the cross

Mt 27:45-56

Mk 15:33-41

Lk 23:44-49

Jn 19:28-37

237. Jesus is laid in the tomb

Mt 27:57-61

Mk 15:42-47

Lk 23:50-56

Jn 19:38-42

238. Guards are posted at the tomb

Mt 27:62-66

239. Jesus rises from the dead

Mt 28:1-7

Mk 16:1-8

Lk 24:1-12

Jn 20:1-10

240. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene

Mk 16:9-11

Jn 20:11-18

241. Jesus appears to the women

Mt 28:8-10

242. Religious leaders bribe the guards

Mt 28:11-15

243. Jesus appears to two believers traveling on the road

Mk 16:12-13

Lk 24:13-34

244. Jesus appears to his disciples

Lk 24:35-43

Jn 20:19-23

245. Jesus appears to Thomas

Mk 16:14

Jn 20:24-31

246. Jesus appears to seven disciples

Jn 21:15-25

247. Jesus challenges Peter

Jn 21:15-25

248. Jesus gives the great commission

Mt 28:16-20

Mk 16:15-18

249. Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem

Lk 24:44-49

250. Jesus ascends into heaven

Mk 16:19-20

Lk 24:50-53