The Start of Jesus' Public Ministry
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Jesus Starts Out on His Public Ministry
 
After many years of seclusion at Nazareth, Christ made the first appearance of His public life at the Jordan River, where John was baptising, a journey of about 8 miles from His home in Nazareth. After a short time, during which He was tempted, and called Andrew and Peter, Philip and Nathanael, He returned north to Galilee. On His journey He attended the wedding feast at Cana, then went on to Capharnaum. Andrew, Peter and Philip were from Bethsaida and Nathanael was from Cana.

After calling His first disciples, Christ travelled from Bethany, where John had his home, to Cana - about 85 miles. From Cana Christ went with His new disciples to Capharnaum - about 22 miles.
 

Map of Cana and 
Capharnaum at the time
of the Birth of Christ
Map of Bethlehem
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(The Two Patricks in County Tyrone, Ireland, have written a series of books on the life and times of Jesus and they are a really excellent read - they are published under the titles of Song of The Carpenter I & II. Well worth buying and excellent for schools for Religious Instruction) Below are the biblical references for the various events according to each evangelist.
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Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Preaching of John the Baptist near the Jordan 
His denunciation of Pharisees and Sadducces
Baptism of Christ in the Jordan 
The temptation of Christ on a mountain near Jericho
Deputation of Jesus to the Baptist 
The Baptist's testimony to Christ 
Christ's first disciples, Andrew and Peter
Calling of Philip and Nathanael
The Marriage feast at Cana 
Sojourn at Capharnaum 
3:1-6
3:7-20
3:11-17
4:1-11
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1:1-6
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1:7-11
1:12-13
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3:1-6
3:7-14
3:15-23
4:1-13
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1:19-28
1:29-34
1:35-42
1:43-51
2:1-11
2:12

Under our section on The Bible we have attempted to give a 'potted history' and some explanations around divine inspiration, translations and interpretation. In order to make your reading of the New Testament teachings of the Life of Christ a little easier we have looked at the time of Jesus from His Conception to His Ascension according to the writings of the four evangelists, and categorised the various events and teachings with reference to the chapter and verse of each writer. 

We start with Jesus' Infancy & Childhood; then move on to the start of Jesus' Public Ministry. There is no historical proof of actual times available but we have used the Douay Challoner version to divide the three years of Jesus' ministry as His First Year of Public Ministry; His Second Year of Public Ministry; His Third Year of Public Ministry; the events leading into His time of betrayal and suffering during Holy Week; the events surrounding Holy Thursday when He instituted the bloodless sacrifice of the Eucharist to be carried out in His name for perpetuity; the events surrounding His suffering, passion and death on Good Friday; and finally His Burial, Resurection and Ascension into Heaven.


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