Some men may wish to read the life of Jesus Christ like a biography, beginning before His conception and ending at His glorious Ascension. The chart below provides one approach of presenting the life of Jesus Christ in chronological order, commonly called a “harmony of the Gospels” based on a popular work of several scholars.⁠1

The periods, events, and approximate dates in the Life of Jesus Christ are noted in column (1) and the key Gospel verses and Daily Devotions which best match the events are noted in column (2); column (3) provides optional Gospel verses and Daily Devotions from other Gospel authors which can be read as supplements to the key verses. 

Studying the Life of Jesus Christ using the Daily Devotions

Period and events in the 

Life of Jesus Christ

(1)

Key verses and Daily Devotions

 in chronological order

(2) 

Supplemental verses 

(3) 

A PREVIEW OF WHO JESUS IS

Luke’s purpose in writing the Gospel

Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21(insert pages)

 

John’s Prologue

Jn 1:1-18

 

Jesus Linage through St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mt 1:1-17 

Lk 3:23-38 (insert pages)

The EARLY YEARS OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST  (6 BC-AD 25)

John’s birth foretold to Zechariah

Lk 1:5-25

 

Jesus’ birth foretold to Mary

Lk 1:26-38

 

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s song

Lk 1:39-45

 

Mary’s song of joy (The Magnificat)

Lk 1:39-56

 

John the Baptist’s birth

Lk 1:57-66

 

Zechariah’s prophetic song

Lk 1:67-79

 

John’s growth and early life

Lk 1:67-79

 

The EARLY YEARS OF JESUS CHRIST (6 B.C.-A.D. 25)

The circumstances of Jesus’ birth explained to Joseph

Mt 1:18-25

 

The Nativity of the Lord and the announcement to the shepherds

Lk 2:1-14

 

Praise of the angels and witness of the shepherds

Lk 2:15-20

 

The Circumcision and naming of Jesus

Lk 2:21-24

 

The presentation of Jesus in the Temple, the homage by Simeon and Anna, and return to Nazareth

Lk 2:22-35

Lk 2:36-40

 

Visit of the Magi

Mt 2:1-13

 

Escape to Egypt and the murder of the Holy Innocents

Mt 2:13-18

 

Return from Egypt to Nazareth

Mt 2:13-15; 19-23

Lk 2:22, 39-40

 

Jesus in the Temple at 12 years old and growth into adulthood

Lk 2:41-52

 

THE PUBLIC MINISTRY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (A.D. 26-27)

John the Baptist – launch of ministry, proclamation, and baptism

Lk 3:1-6

Mt 3:1-12, Mk 1:1-8

The Baptist’s messages to various groups

Lk 3:10-18

Mt 3:1-12

John’s description of Jesus Christ

Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

Mt 3:1-12, 

THE END OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST’S MINISTRY AND THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ MINISTRY (A.D. 26-27)

Jesus’ baptism by John

Mt 3:13-17

Mk 1:7-11

Jesus Temptation in the desert

Mt 4:1-11

Mk 1:12-15, Lk 4:1-13 

John’s testimony about himself to the priests and Levites

Jn 1:19-28

 

John the Baptist’s testimony to Jesus as the Son of God

Jn 1:29-34

 

Jesus’ first followers

Jn 1:35-42

Jn 1:43-51

 

The Wedding at Cana and first stay at Capernaum

Jn 2:1-11

 

First Cleansing of the Temple at the Passover and early response to Jesus’ miracles

Jn 2:13-25

 

Nicodemus visits Jesus in the night

Jn 3:1-8

Jn 3:7b-15

Jn 3:16-21

 

John eclipsed by Jesus

Jn 3:22-30

Jn 3:31-36

 

Jesus leaves Judea and the meeting of the Samaritan woman at the well

Jn 4:5-42

 

THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST IN GALILEE (Fall, AD 27-Spring, A.D. 29)

Opposition at home and a new headquarters 

Arrival in Galilee and the remote healing of the officials son

Jn 4:43-54

Mt 4:12-17

Ministry and rejection at Nazareth

Lk 4:16-30

 

Move to Capernaum

Mt 4:12-17

 

Disciples called and ministry throughout Galilee

Lk 5:1-11

Mt 4:18-22, Mk 1:14-20

Teaching in the synagogue of Capernaum and healing of a demoniac

Mk 1:21-28

Lk 4:31-37

Peter’s mother-in-laws and others healed and preaching in Galilee

Mk 1:29-39

Mt 8:5-17, Lk 4:38-44

Tour of Galilee with Simon and others

Mt 4:12-17, 23-25

 

Cleansing of a man with leprosy and public acclaim

Mk 1:40-45

Lk 5:12-16

Forgiving and healing the Paralytic

Mk 2:1-12

Mt 9:1-8, Lk 5:17-26

The Call of Matthew and banquet at Matthew’s house

Mt 9:9-13

Mk 2:13-17, Lk 5:27-32

Jesus defends His disciples for feasting instead of fasting with three parables

Mk 2:18-22

Mt 9:14-17, Lk 5:33-39

Sabbath Controversies and withdrawals

Jesus heals an invalid on the Sabbath and efforts to kill Jesus

Jn 5:1-16 

 

Discourse demonstrating the Son’s equality with the Father

Jn 5:17-30

Jn 5:31-47

 

Controversy over disciple’s picking grain on the Sabbath

Mt 12:1-8

Mk 2:23-28, Lk 6:1-5

Healing of a man’s shriveled hand on the Sabbath

Lk 6:6-11

Mk 3:1-6

Withdrawal to the Sea of Galilee with large crowds from many places

Mk 3:7-12

Mt 12:14-21

 

Appointment of the Twelve and the Sermon on the Mount

Twelve Apostles chosen

Mk 3:13-19

Lk 6:12-16

Setting of the Sermon on the Mount (or Plain) and the Beatitudes/woes

Mt 5:1-12

Lk 6:17, 20-26

Responsibility while awaiting the kingdom

Mt 5:13-16

 

Law, righteousness and the Kingdom

Mt 5:13-19

 

On murder/anger, Adultery/divorce, Oaths, Retribution, Love of Enemies

Mt 5:20-26

Mt 5:27-32

Mt 5:33-37

Mt 5:38-42

Lk 6:27-38

Hypocritical almsgiving, fasting and prayer; The Lord’s Prayer

Mt 6:1-16, 16-18, 

Mt 6:7-15

 

Against avarice, harsh judgment and unwise exposure to sacred things

Mt 6:19-23

Mt 6:24-34

Mt 7:1-5

Lk 6:36-38

Lk 6:39-42

Fruitfulness, petition and the Narrow Gate

Mt 7:7-12

Mt 7:6, 12-14

Mt 7:15-20

Mt 7:21-29

Lk 6:43-49

Growing fame and emphasis on repentance

The Centurion’s faith and the healing of his slave

Mt 8:1-14

Lk 7:1-10

The raising of the widow’s son at Nain

Lk 7:11-17

 

John the Baptist and the Kingdom of God

Lk 7:18b-23

Lk 7:24-30

Lk 7:31-35

Mt 11:2-11

Mt 11:11-15

Mt 11:16-19

Woes upon Korazin and Bethsaida for failure to repent

Mt 11:20-24

Mt 11:25-30 

Lk 10:13-16

Jesus anointed by sinful women in Simon the Pharisee’s house

Lk 7:36-50

 

First public rejection by Jewish Leaders

  

A tour with the Twelve and other followers

Lk 8:1-3

 

Blasphemous accusations by the teachers of the law and Pharisees

Mk 3:20-35

 

Requests for a sign refused by Jesus

Mt 12:38-42

 

Announcement of new spiritual kinship

Mk 3:31-35

Mt 12:46-53, Lk 8:19-21

Secrets about the Kingdom given in parables

Parable of the Sower

Mt 13:1-23

Mk 4:1-20

Mk 4:21-25

Lk 8:4-15

Lk 8:16-18

Parable of the Seed

Mk 4:26-34

 

Parable of the Weeds

Mt 13:24-30

 

Parable of the Mustard Seed and Parable of the Leaven

Mt 13:31-35

Mk 4:26-34

The Parable of the Weeds explained to the disciples

Mt 13:36-43

 

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure, The Parable of the Valuable Pearl, The Parable of the Net

Mt 13:44-52

 

Continuing Opposition

Cross the Sea of Galilee and calming the storm

Mk 4:35-41

Mt 8:23-27

Healing the Gerasene demoniacs and opposition

Mk 5:1-20

Mt 8:28-34, Lk 8:26-39

Return to Galilee and the healing of the hemorrhaging woman and raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead

Mk 5:21-43

Mt 9:18-26, Lk 8:40-56

Healing two blind men and casting a demon from a mute man

Mt 9:27-31

Mt 9:32-38

 

Final visit to unbelieving Nazareth

Mt 13:54-58

Mk 6:1-6

Final Galilean campaign

Shortage of workers

Mt 9:32-38

 

Commissioning of the Twelve

Mt 10:1-7

Mt 10:7-15

Mt 10:16-23

Mt 10:22-25

Mt 10:26-33

Mt 10:34-11:1

Mk 6:7-13, Lk 9:1-6

Herod Antipas, Jesus and the murder of John the Baptist

Mk 6:14-29

Mt 14:1-12, Lk 9:7-9

THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST AROUND GALILEE (Spring/Summer A.D. 29)

The Lesson on the Bread of Life

Withdrawal from Galilee

Mk 6:30-34

 

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

Mt 14:13-21

Mk 6:34-44

Lk 9:11b-17

Jn 6:1-15

Walking on water during the storm

Mt 14:22-33

Mk 6:45-52

Jn 6:16-21

Healing at Gennesaret

Mk 6:53-56

 

Discourse on the Bread of Life

Jn 6:22-29

Jn 6:30-35

Jn 6:35-40 (includes omitted v 41-43)

Jn 6:44-51

Jn 6:52-59

 

Defection of disciples due to Eucharist and Simon Peter’s acknowledgement of Jesus’ identity

Jn 6:60-69 (includes omitted v 70-71)

 

Lessons on the falsehood of Pharisees, Sadduccees and Herodians

Conflict over the tradition of ceremonial uncleanliness

Mk 7:1-13

Mk 7:14-23

Mt 15:3-9

Mt 15:15-20

The Canaanite woman

Mt 15:21-28

Mk 7:24-30

Healing in Decapolis

Mk 7:31-37

 

Feeding of the Four Thousand

Mk 8:1-10

Mt 15:29-37

Return to Galilee and conflict with Pharisees and Sadducees

Mk 8:11-13

Mk 8:14-21

 

Healing a blind man near Bethsaida

Mk 8:22-26

 

Lesson of Messiahship learned and confirmed

Peter’s identity of Jesus as the Christ and first prophecy of the Church

Mt 16:13-20

Mk 8:27-30

First direct prediction of the rejection, Crucifixion and Resurrection

Mt 16:21-27

Mk 8:31-37

Lk 9:22-25

Coming of the Son of Man and Judgment

Mt 16:24-28

Mk 8:34-9:1

Transfiguration of Jesus

Lk 9:28b-36

Mt 17:1-9

Mk 9:2-10

Discussion of the Resurrection, Elijah and John the Baptist

Mt 17:9a, 10-13

Mk 9:2-13

Lessons of  Responsibility to others

Healing of demoniac boy and unbelief rebuked

Mk 9:14-29

Mt 17:14-20

Second prediction of Jesus’ death and Resurrection

Lk 9:43b-45

 

Payment of the Temple Tax

Mt 17:22-27

 

Rivalry over greatness in the Kingdom

Mk 9:30-37

Mt 18:1-14

Lk 9:46-50

Warning against causing believers to sin

Mk 9:38-40

Mk 9:41-50

 

Treatment and forgiveness of a sinning brother

Mt 18:21-19:1

 

Journey to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Tabernacles

Complete commitment required for disciples

Lk 9:57-62

Mt 8:18-22

Ridicule by Jesus’ kinsmen

Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

 

Journey through Samaria

Lk 9:51-62

 

THE LATER JUDEAN MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST (Summer-Fall A.D. 29)

Ministry beginning at the Feast of the Tabernacles

Mixed reaction to Jesus’ teaching and miracles

Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 (Includes omitted v 7:3-9, 11-24, 31)

 

Frustrated attempt to arrest Jesus

Jn 7:37-39

Jn 7:40-53

 

Jesus forgiveness of woman caught in adultery

Jn 8:1-11

 

Conflict over Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world

Jn 8:12-20

 

Jesus’ relationship with God the Father

Jn 8:21-30

 

Jesus relationship with Abraham and attempted stoning

Jn 8:31-42 (includes omitted v 43-50)

Jn 8:51-59

 

Healing of a man born blind; Light of the World discourse

Jn 9:1-41

 

Allegory of the good shepherd and the thief and division among the Jews

Jn 10:1-10

Jn 10:11-18

 

Another attempt to arrest Jesus for blasphemy at the Feast of the Dedication

Jn 10:22-30

Jn 10:31-42

 

Private lessons on loving service and prayer

Commissioning the Seventy

Lk 10:1-12

Lk 10:13-16

 

Return of the Seventy

Lk 10:17-24

 

Parable of the Good Samaritan

Lk 10:25-37

 

Jesus’ visit with Mary and Martha

Lk 10:38-42

 

Lesson on how to pray and the Parable of the Bold Friend

Lk 11:1-13

 

Second debate with the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees

A third blasphemous accusation and a second debate

Lk 11:14-23;  11:15-26

Lk 11:27-28

Lk 11:29-32 (34-36)

Mt 12:38-42

Woes against the Pharisees and teachers of the law while eating with a Pharisee

Lk 11:37-41

Lk 11:42-46

Lk 11:47-54

 

Warnings to the disciples about hypocrisy

Lk 12:1-7

Lk 12:8-12

 

Warning about greed and trust in wealth

Lk 12:13-21

Mt 6:24-34

 

Warning against being unprepared for the Son of Man’s coming

Lk 12:35-38

Lk 12:39-48

 

Warning of the coming division

Lk 12:49-53

 

Warning against failing to discern the present time

Lk 12:54-59

 

Two alternatives: repent or perish

Lk 13:1-9

 

Opposition for healing a woman on the Sabbath

Lk 13:10-17

Lk 13:18-21

 

THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST IN AND AROUND PEREA (Winter-Spring – A.D. 30)

Principles of Discipleship

Question about salvation and entering into the Kingdom of God

Lk 13:22-30

 

Anticipation of Jesus’ coming death and His sorrow over Jerusalem

Lk 13:31-35

 

Healing of the man with dropsy while eating with a prominent Pharisee

Lk 14:1-6

 

Parable of the Lowest Seat 

Lk 14:1, 7-14

 

Parable of the Great Banquet

Lk 14:15-24

 

The cost of discipleship

Lk 14:25-33

Mt 5:13-16

 

Parable of the Lost Sheep and Parable of the Lost Coin

Lk 15:1-10

 

Parable of the Prodigal Son

Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

 

Parable of the Dishonest Servant

Lk 16:1-8

 

Good stewardship

Lk 16:9-15

 

Jesus confirms the Law and the Prophets

Mt 11:11-15

 

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazaus

Lk 16:19-31

 

The condemnation of those who cause others to sin

Lk 17:1-6

 

The Duty of Faith

Lk 17:7-10

 

Sickness, Death and Resurrection of Lazarus

Jn 11:1-45

 

The Jewish Sanhedrin condemns Jesus to death

Jn 11:45-56

 

Teaching while on the final journey to Jerusalem

Healing of the Ten Lepers

Lk 17:11-19

 

Instructions regarding the Son of Man’s coming

Lk 17:20-25

Lk 17:26-37

 

Parable of the Persistent Widow

Lk 18:1-8

 

Parable of Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Lk 18:9-14

 

Jesus confirms that Divorce is adultery to the Pharisees

Mt 19:3-12

Mk 10:1-12

The little children and the Kingdom

Mk 10:13-16

Mt 19:13-15

Jesus and the Rich Man

Mt 19:16-22

 Mt 19:23-30

Mk 10:17-27

Mk 10:28-31

Parable of the Vineyard

Mt 20:1-16

 

Third prediction of Jesus’ death and Resurrection and warning of ambitious pride

Mk 10:32-45

Mt 20:17-28

Healing of blind Bartimaeus and companion

Mk 10:46-52

Lk 18:35-43

The salvation of Zaccheus

Lk 19:1-10

 

Parable of the Talents

Lk 19:11-28

 

THE FORMAL PRESENTATION OF JESUS CHRIST TO ISRAEL AND RESULTING CONFLICT (Sunday-Tuesday a.m. – Spring A.D. 30)

Triumphal entry and the Fig Tree

Arrival at Bethany, Mary’s anointing of Jesus for burial

Jn 11:45-56

Jn 12:1-11

 

Triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Lk 19:28-40

Lk 19:41-44

Mt 20:1-16

Mk 11:1-10

Jn 12:12-16

Cursing and withering of the Fig Tree and the Second cleansing of the Temple

Mk 11:11-26

Mk 11:27-33

Lk 19:45-48

Greeks seek Jesus, the Son of Man listened up and Jesus addresses the crowd’s mixed response

Jn 12:20-33 (including omitted v 34-36)

Jn 12:37-50

 

Official challenge to Jesus’ authority

Questioning of Jesus’ authority by Jewish leaders

Mt 21:23-27

Mk 11:27-33

Parable of the Two Sons

Mt 21:28-32

 

Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Mt 21:33-43

Mk 12:1-12

Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Mt 22:1-14

 

Paying taxes to Ceasar

Mt 22:15-21

Mk 12:13-17

The Sadduccees’ devious question about the resurrection

Lk 20:27-40

Mk 12:18-27 

A Pharisees’ legal question

Mk 12:28-34

Mt 22:34-40

Christ’s response to His enemies’ challenges

Christ’s relationship to David as son and Lord

Mk 12:35-37

 

Jesus curses the Pharisees with Seven Woes 

Mt 23:1-12

Mt 23:13-22

Mt 23:23-26

Mt 23:27-32

Mk 12:38-44

Jesus’ sorrow over Jerusalem

Lk 13:31-35

 

The poor widow’s gift

Mk 12:38-44

Lk 21:1-4

PROPHECIES IN PREPARATION FOR THE DEATH OF CHRIST (Tuesday p.m.-Thursday p.m. – Spring 30)

The Olivet Discourse: Jesus speaks prophetically about the Temple and His own Second Coming

The beginning of the birth pangs

Lk 21:5-11

Lk 21:12-19

 

The Abomination of Desolation and subsequent distress and Coming of the Son of Man

Lk 21:20-28

 

Signs of nearness but unknown time

Lk 21:29-33

Mk 13:24-32, Mt 24:31-46

Watchfulness and the Parable of The Faithful and Unfaithful Servant

Mt 24:42-51

Mk 13:33-37, Lk 21:34-36

Parable of the 10 Virgins

Mt 25:1-13

 

Parable of the Talents

Mt 25:14-30

 

Judgment and the Son of Man’s Coming

Mt 25:31-46

 

Arrangements for the betrayal of Jesus Christ

Plot by the Jewish Sanhedrin to arrest and kill Jesus

Jn 11:45-56

 

Mary anointing of Jesus for burial

Jn 12:1-11

 

Judas’ agreement to betray Jesus

Mt 26:14-25

 

The Last Supper

Preparation for the Passover meal

Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

 

Beginning of the Passover meal and dissension among the Apostles

Lk 22:14-23:56 (covers through the Crucifixion)

 

The washing of the Apostles’ feet

Jn 13:1-15

Jn 13:16-20

 

Identification of Judas as the betrayer and Prediction of Peter’s denial

Jn 13:21-33, 36-38

Mt 26:14-25

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Mt 26:14-27:66 (covers through the Crucifixion)

Lk 22:14-23:56 (covers through the Crucifixion)

Discourse and Prayers

The New Commandment of Love

Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

 

Jesus the Way and the Truth and the Life

Jn 14:1-6

 

Jesus rebukes Philips confusion

Jn 14:7-14

 

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Jn 14:15-21

Jn 14:21-26

 

The Promise of Peace

Jn 14:27-31a

 

The Vine and the Branches

Jn 15:1-8

 

The Commandment to Love

Jn 15:9-17

 

The World’s hatred

Jn 15:18-21 (including omitted v 22-25)

Jn 15:26-16:4

 

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Jn 16:5-11

Jn 16:12-15

 

Sorrow will turn to Joy

Jn 16:16-20

Jn 16:20-23

 

Peace for the Apostles

Jn 16:23b-28

Jn 16:29-33

 

Jesus prays for the Church

Jn 17:1-11a

Jn 17:11b-19

Jn 17:20-26

 

THE PASSION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (Thursday – Friday – Spring A.D. 30)

The Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ

Mt 26:14-27:66

Mk 14:1-15:47, Lk 22:14-23:56, Jn 18:1-19:42

THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST (Friday-Sunday A.M. Easter morning – 40 days till the Ascension – Spring-early Summer A.D. 30)

The Resurrection

The Holy Sepulcher is found empty by women

Mt 28:1-10

Mk 16:1-7, Lk 24:1-12, 

The Holy Sepulcher is found empty by Peter and John

Jn 20:1-9

Lk 24:1-12, 

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene

Jn 20:11-18

Mt 28:1-10

Mk 16:9-15

Jesus appears to other women and the report of the guards to the Jewish leadership

Mt 28:8-15

 

Appearance to the two disciples traveling to Emmaus

Lk 24:13-35

Mk 16:9-15

Report of the two disciples to the Apostles

Lk 24:35-48

Jn 20:19-23

Jesus appears to the 11 Apostles

Mk 16:9-15

Jn 20:19-31

Lk 24:35-48

Appearance to the seven Apostles while fishing

Jn 21:1-14

Jn 21:15-19

Jn 21:20-25

 

Appearance to the Apostles in Galilee

Mt 28:16-20

Mk 16:15-18

The Ascension

Christ’s parting blessings and departure

Mk 16:15-20

Lk 24:46-53

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1 Thomas, Robert L. and Gundy, Stanley N. The NIV Harmony of the Gospels. New York: Harpers Collins, 1988.