Jesus’ Ministry – Background Info – Predicts His Death

How long was Jesus’ ministry on earth? Did Jesus live on this earth as long as Moses, Noah, or Abraham? The short answer is no. Do we have any details about his earthly ministry and how long he lived? Yes.

Let me start with some information from scholars about Jesus. As you can imagine, the exact dates are tricky, and not all scholars agree on the timing. It is thought Jesus was born sometime between 6 and 5 BC. He died sometime around 27 AD. He was 33 years old when he died. 

My college textbook says, “John’s Gospel provides the most useful information for computing the length of Jesus’ ministry. John mentions the occurrence of at least three Passovers during Jesus’ ministry (John 2:23, 6:4, 12:1). This in itself implies a length of at least two years. However, it is not certain that John mentioned all of the Passovers observed during Jesus’ ministry since providing a chronicle of these feasts was beyond his purpose.”

“If Jesus’ ministry involved a fourth Passover, the total length of his ministry would be at least three years. Even if his ministry encompassed only three Passovers, it still may have lasted nearly three years. Thus, three years is a reasonable length to suggest for his ministry.”

Let’s look at what the Bible says about Jesus’ death from the book of Matthew.

Jesus Predicts His Death
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” Matthew 16:21

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

“When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” Matthew 17:22

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

“Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death.” Matthew 20:17-18

The story doesn’t end there. 

Next month, April 15-17, 2022, we recognize and remember Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection 2,000 years ago. We rejoice that our Lord has risen, and he is coming back one day.

Have a great day, and don’t forget that God loves you very much and has never stopped loving you. One other thing – His love is free. You won’t find that online.

“16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16


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