The Travels and Acts of Jesus


The following summary of the travels and acts of Jesus has been compiled from various sources, not all of which are consistent with each other. So this summary should be viewed as an approximation of the travels of Jesus during his last three years on this earth. The sites in bold are among the sites we will visit or pass nearby on the Missions to the Holy Land of United Christian Communities Inc.
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 AD 27-28

Jesus, at about 30 years old[1] leaves from his home-town of Nazareth.

At the River Jordan, possibly near Bethany-across-the-Jordan (or Bethabara), he is baptized by John the Baptist[2]  He then goes in to the Judean Desert to face the devil's temptation.[3]

Returning to the River Jordan near Bethany-across-the-Jordan[4], Jesus calls his first five disciples (John 1:35). These include Philip, Andrew, and Simon Peter all from Bethsaida in Galilee.[5]

Jesus then returns north to Galilee with his disciples[6], and at a wedding in Cana, changes the water into wine - his first recorded miracle.[7]  He continues on to Capernaum, with his mother, brothers and disciples.[8]

Jesus next travels south to Jerusalem for the Passover, where he drives the money-changers from the Temple for the first time.[9]  Jesus then leaves for the countryside of Judea where his disciples baptize believers.[10] He reaches Galilee[11], and back in Cana heals the official's son who lays sick in Capernaum.[12]

Jesus returns to his home-town of Nazareth, and preaches in the synagogue.[13] He is rejected for the first time.[14]

AD 28-29

Jesus moves to Capernaum[15] and calls his first disciples - perhaps only now to full-time service.[16] In . Capernaum he heals the madman in the synagogue[17] and Peter's mother-in-law of her fever.[18]

Jesus commences traveling throughout Galilee, preaching and healing,[19] including the leper.[20] Returning to Capernaum[21] a paralyzed man is healed (Matthew 9:2; Mark 2:3; Luke 5:18) and Jesus calls Matthew  the tax-collector to be a disciple (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27).

Jesus travels from Galilee south to Jerusalem for a Jewish festival and at the Pool of Bethesda he heals the crippled man[22] Returning north to Galilee, Jesus heals the man with the shrivelled hand[23] and many others.[24]

On the Mount of Beatitudes, he selects his twelve apostles[25] and delivers the Sermon on the Mount.[26] Back in Capernaum,[27] Jesus heals the Roman centurion's servant.[28]

Jesus continues preaching and healing in Galilee, and in Nain brings the widow's son back to life[29] With the twelve apostles and some of his women helpers, Jesus continues his second Galilee tour.[30] He sails across the Sea of Galilee[31] and calms a storm.[32] Landing in the region of the Gerasenes[33] or Gadarenes (Matthew 8:28) in Gentile Decapolis –a group of 10 cities on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire, one of which was Beit Shean (then known as Scythopolis), Jesus heals the madman in the story of the Gadarene Swine.[34]

Sailing back across the Sea of Galilee[35] Jesus lands at Capernaum[36]  where he raises Jairus' daughter from the dead

AD29-30

Jesus next travels from Capernaum to "his own native town" of Nazareth[37] where he is rejected for a second time.[38] He continues through Galilee[39] and sends out the twelve apostles to preach the Gospel.[40] The Twelve return to Capernaum from their mission[41] and they go off by boat with Jesus to a quiet place.[42]  Near here is Tagbha where many say he fed the 5,000.[43]

The disciples return across the Sea of Galilee,[44] Jesus waLukeing on the water to join them.[45] They land near the Plain of Gennesaret and Jesus heals many people there.[46] From Gennesaret they return to Capernaum[47] and Jesus teaches about the Bread of Life.[48]

Jesus retires from Galilee to the region of Tyre and Sidon in Syrian-Phoenicia[49] where he heals the daughter of the Gentile Syrophoenician woman.[50]

He returns to Galilee[51] traveling through the Decapolis[52].where he heals the deaf and mute man[53] and feeds the 4,000 in Iturea and Trachonitis, where Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ.[54]

Continuing on He travels to Caesarea Philippi (Banias).  Around this time the Transfiguration occurs on Mount Tabor, to the south.. Then in Capernaum,[55] Jesus pays the Temple Tax with a fish.[56] Then to avoid the dangers in Judea, he remains in Galilee.[57]

Jesus leaves Capernaum and Galilee for the last  time[58] and heads for Jerusalem[59] for the Feast of the Tabernacles in the Autumn of c AD 29.[60]  He goes by way of Samaria where he heals the ten lepers[61] but is rejected in a Samaritan village.[62]   

When He arrives In Jerusalem, Jesus forgives the woman caught in adultery[63] and heals the blind man who is taken before the Sanhedrin.[64] During his travels in Judea, Jesus visits Martha and Mary in Bethany[65], returning to Jerusalem for "Hanukkah", the Feast of Dedication in December c AD29 (John 10:22)

Jesus then again travels to Bethany-across-the-Jordan, and into the province of Perea, and stays for a while (John 10:40)  Following the death of Lazarus, Jesus returns to Bethany near Jerusalem, and raises him (Lazarus) from the dead.[66]

Because of threats to his life, Jesus withdraws to Ephraim to the north of Jerusalem.[67]   He then crosses the River Jordan and works in Perea.[68] There he blesses the little children[69] and speaks to the rich young man.[70]

Jesus now travels towards Jerusalem for the last time.[71]  Passing through Jericho he heals one (or two) blind men[72] and converts Zacchaeus the tax collector.[73]   

Reaching Bethany[74] the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, Jesus is anointed by Mary either now[75], or later[76] after his entry into Jerusalem[77].  During the Easter week, Jesus returns to Jerusalem each day after staying overnight in Bethany on the Mount of Olives.[78]

Shortly thereafter he walked up the Via Dolorosa, and the 14 Stations of the Cross.

 



[1] Luke 3:23

[2] Matthew 3:13; Mark 1:9

[3] Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:12; Luke 4:1

[4] John 1:28

[5] John 1:44

[6] John 1:43

[7] John 2:1

[8] John 2:12

[9] John 2:14

[10] John 3:22

[11] Matthew 4:12; Mark 1:14; Luke 4:14; John 4:45

[12] John 4:46

[13] Luke 4:16

[14] Luke 4:28

[15] Matthew 4:13; Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31

[16] Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16; Luke 5:1

[17] Mark 1:23; Luke 4:33

[18] Matthew 8:14; Mark 1:29; Luke 4:38

[19] Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:39

[20] Matthew 8:2; Mark 1:40; Luke 5:12

[21] Mark 2:1

[22] John 5:2

[23] Matthew 12:9; Mark 3:1; Luke 6:6

[24] Matthew 12:15; Mark 3:7

[25] Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:13; Luke 6:12

[26] Matthew 5:1

[27] Matthew 8:5; Luke 7:1

[28] Matthew 8:5; Luke 7:2

[29] Luke 7:11

[30] Luke 8:1

[31] Matthew 8:18; Mark 4:35; Luke 8:22

[32] Matthew 8:24; Mark 4:37; Luke 8:23

[33] Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26

[34] Matthew 8:28; Mark 5:2; Luke 8:27

[35] Mark 5:21

[36] Matthew 9:1

[37] Mark 6:1

[38] Matthew 13:54; Mark 6:1

[39] Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:6

[40] Matthew 10:5; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1

[41] Mark 6:30, Luke 9:10

[42] Mark 6:32

[43] Matthew 14:14; Mark 6:33; Luke 9:11; John 6:5

[44] Matthew 14:22; Mark 6:45

[45] Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:19

[46] Matthew 14:34; Mark 6:53

[47] John 6:24

[48] John 6:26

[49] Matthew 15:21; Mark 7:24

[50] Matthew 15:22; Mark 7:25

[51] Matthew 15:29

[52] Mark 7:31

[53] Mark 7:32

[54] Matthew 16:13; Mark 8:27

[55] Mark 9:33

[56] Matthew 17:24

[57] John 7:1

[58] Matthew 19:1; Mark 10:1

[59] Luke 9:51; John 7:10

[60] John 7:10

[61] Luke 17:11

[62] Luke 9:52

[63] John 8:2

[64] John 9:1

[65] Luke 10:38

[66] John 11:1

[67] John 11:54

[68] Matthew 19:1; Mark 10:1

[69] Matthew 19:13, Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15

[70] Matthew 19:16; Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18

[71] Matthew 20:17; Mark 10:32; Luke 18:31

[72] Matthew 20:29; Mark 10:46; Luke 18:35

[73] Luke 19:1

[74] John 12:1

[75] John 12:2

[76] Matthew 26:6; Mark 14:3

[77] Matthew 21:1; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29; John 12:12

[78] Matthew 21:17-18; Mark 11:11-12;19; Luke 21:37