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4 – The Third Year of Jesus’ Public Ministry

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Bible students are quick to inform us that the fourth Gospel records that Jesus celebrated only three Passover seasons, while the Synoptics record only one. Some try to say that the unnamed feast mentioned in John 5:1 is a fourth Passover, but this cannot be proved. Nevertheless, many agree that a fourth Passover, probably occurring between John 2:13 and 6:4, should be assumed. Therefore, based upon this data, scholarly understanding of the length of Jesus’ public ministry varies. Many claim Jesus’ ministry was between two and three years long, while others say Jesus’ public ministry lasted three and one half years. Which is the truth, or is something different true, and can we prove anything from the data we have in the four Gospel narratives?

It is my opinion that a fourth Passover can be found, and, surprisingly it is located in the Synoptics, not John. I’ve already shown where it is implied in my study of Jesus’ second year of his public ministry. During this series of studies and when I come to that point in Jesus’ life, I hope to prove the fourth Passover (really the third) fairly conclusively. Since I have already shown that Jesus ministry probably began six months before his first Passover (during the Jewish Holy Days of the prior 7th month), I therefore, conclude that Jesus ministry lasted for three and one half years. I hope to conclude my study of Luke in a fourth series of studies which will concern Jesus final six months.

  1. Luke 9:23  ……………………………………. Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles
  2. Luke 9:24-26 …………………………………. The Wilderness Experience and Eternity
  3. Luke 9:27 ……………………………………… The Kingdom of God?
  4. Luke 9:27 ……………………………………… The Coming of the Kingdom of God
  5. Luke 9:27 ……………………………………… Did Jesus Already Come in Power?
  6. Luke 9:28-36 ………………………………….. Where Was Jesus’ Transfiguration?
  7. Luke 9:32 ……………………………………… The Sleeping Spirit
  8. Luke 9:28-36 …………………………………. The Transfiguration of Christ and Us
  9. Luke 9:28-36 …………………………………. The Transfiguration and the Apostles
  10. Luke 9:37-39 …………………………………. A Young Boy and Our Inner Life
  11. Luke 9:37-39 …………………………………. Demonic Possession
  12. Luke 9:37-42 …………………………………. Healing a Young Boy Possessed by a Spirit
  13. Luke 9:38-43 …………………………………. Who or What are Demons?
  14. Luke 9:38-43 …………………………………. Demons – Corrupt Spiritualism
  15. ___________ ………………………………… Demons – Personification or Living Beings?
  16. ___________ ………………………………… A Demon Called ‘Legion’
  17. ___________ ………………………………… Balaam and the Witch of Endor
  18. ___________ ………………………………… Simon and the Soothsayer
  19. ___________ ………………………………… The Origin of Demons
  20. Luke 9:40-45 …………………………………. A Faithless and Wicked Generation
  21. Luke 9:42-45 …………………………………. Faith and Authority
  22. Luke 9:43-45 …………………………………. The Kingdom of God versus the World
  23. Luke 9:46-50 …………………………………. One Spirit and One Body
  24. Luke 9:46-50 …………………………………. Who Is the Greatest?
  25. Luke 9:51 …………………………………….. Jesus’ Third Passover
  26. Luke 9:51-56 ………………………………….. Calling Down FIRE from Heaven…
  27. Luke 9:57-62 …………………………………. The Would-be Followers of Jesus
  28. Luke 10:1 ……………………………………… Sending Out the Seventy
  29. Luke 10:2 ……………………………………… Why So Few Laborers?
  30. Luke 10:3 ……………………………………… Lambs Among Wolves
  31. Luke 10:1-16 ………………………………….. Luke’s Apparent Eyewitness Testimony
  32. Luke 10:9-16 ………………………………….. Choosing Between Life and Death
  33. Luke 10:12-16 ………………………………… Judgment Day!
  34. Luke 10:17-19 ………………………………… The Mission of the Seventy
  35. Luke 10:18-19 ………………………………… The Defeat of Satan
  36. Luke 10:18-19 ………………………………… War in Heaven
  37. Luke 10:20-21 ………………………………… Jesus Rejoices
  38. Luke 10:17-22 ………………………………… Spiritual Warfare
  39. Luke 10:22-24 ………………………………… Jesus Claims He Is God!
  40. Luke 10:25-29 ………………………………… What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?
  41. Luke 10:29-32 ………………………………… Man’s Inability to Love Without God
  42. Luke 10:30-37 ………………………………… The Parable of the Good Samaritan
  43. Luke 10:30-37 ………………………………… Who Is My Neighbor Today?
  44. Luke 10:38-42 ………………………………… Jesus Visits Bethany
  45. Luke 11:1 ……………………………………… The Prayers of Jesus–Part One
  46. Luke 11:1 ……………………………………… The Prayers of Jesus–Part Two
  47. Luke 11:1 ……………………………………… The Gospel in Jesus’ Prayers
  48. Luke 11:1 ……………………………………… The Importance of Prayer
  49. Luke 11:1-2 …………………………………… Our Father…
  50. Luke 11:1-2 …………………………………… Hallowed Be Thy Name
  51. Luke 11:1-2 …………………………………… Thy Kingdom Come
  52. Luke 11:1-2 …………………………………… Thy Will Be Done
  53. Luke 11:1-3 …………………………………… Give Us This Day
  54. Luke 11:1-4 …………………………………… Forgive Us Our Trespasses
  55. Luke 11:5-8 …………………………………… The Friend Who Calls at Midnight
  56. Luke 11:9-13 …………………………………. Asking, Seeking and Knocking
  57. Luke 11:1-13 …………………………………. Praying to Our Father
  58. Luke 11:14 ……………………………………. Who Were Jesus’ Accusers?
  59. Luke 11:14-16 ……………………………….. Jesus and Beelzebub
  60. Luke 11:17-23 ……………………………….. Jesus’ Three Arguments
  61. Luke 11:24-26 ………………………………… Demons and Dry Places
  62. Luke 11:24-28 …………………………………The Parable of the Evil Spirit
  63. Luke 11:29-30 ………………………………… An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign
  64. Luke 11:31-32 ………………………………… Judging the Skeptics
  65. Luke 11:33-36 ………………………………… The Parables of Light and the Eye
  66. Luke 11:29-36 ………………………………… Maturing in One’s Relationship with God
  67. Luke 11:37-38 ………………………………… Public Insults and a Private Rebuke
  68. Luke 11:39-41 ………………………………… A Cure for Hypocrisy
  69. Luke 11:42-44 ………………………………… Three Woes for the Pharisees
  70. Luke 11:45 …………………………………….. Who Were the Lawyers?
  71. Luke 11:46-54 ………………………………… “The Only Good Prophet Is a Dead Prophet”
  72. Luke 12:1 ………………………………………. Jesus’ Third Passover
  73. Luke 12:1-3 ……………………………………. The Gospel Cannot Be Hid
  74. Luke 12:1-5 ……………………………………. Living in the Presence of the Enemy
  75. Luke 12:5 ………………………………………. Does Jesus Say Punishment Is Eternal?
  76. Luke 12:6-7 ……………………………………. Unnoticed Significance
  77. Luke 12:8-9 ……………………………………. Our Confession under Persecution
  78. Luke 12:10 …………………………………….. What About the Unforgivable Sin?
  79. Luke 12:11-12 ………………………………… The Disciple’s Faith Will Be Tested
  80. Luke 12:13-15 ………………………………… Interrupting Jesus!
  81. Luke 12:13-21 ………………………………… Righteous Living and the Rich Fool
  82. Luke 12:22-28 ………………………………… Our Needs and God’s Power
  83. Luke 12:29-34 ………………………………… Good and Evil in God’s Kingdom
  84. Luke 12:35-40 ………………………………… The Marriage Supper
  85. Luke 12:35-36 ………………………………… The Eminence of the Coming of the Lord
  86. Luke 12:35 ……………………………………. The Second Exodus
  87. Luke 12:37-48 ………………………………… Setting the Watch
  88. Luke 12:49-53 ………………………………… Who Is on Jesus’ Side?
  89. Luke 12:54-59 ………………………………… Signs, Morality and Logic
  90. Luke 12:54-56 ………………………………… The Parable of the Appointed Time
  91. Luke 13:1-5 …………………………………… Pilate’s Passover
  92. Luke 13:1 ……………………………………… The Crucifixion that Almost Was!
  93. Luke 13:1-9 …………………………………… The Plot Against Jesus
  94. Luke 13:10-17 ………………………………….Was Jesus Excommunicated?
  95. Luke 13:18-19 ………………………………… The Parable of the Mustard Seed
  96. Luke 13:20 …………………………………….  The Parable of the Leaven
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