46 Days through the Life of Jesus

Do you have the life events of Jesus clear in your head? It can be hard, because the four Gospels tell the story in different ways. If you want to see how the various pieces fit into chronological order, try reading through the Gospels in the order below.

Luke 1; John 1:1-14
Matthew 1; Luke 2:1-38
Matthew 2; Luke 2:39-52
Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3
Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51
John 2-4
Mark 2
John 5
Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6
Matthew 5-7
Matthew 8:1-13; Luke 7
Matthew 11
Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 11
Matthew 13; Luke 8
Matthew 8:14-34; Mark 4-5
Matthew 9-10
Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17
John 6
Matthew 15; Mark 7
Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27
Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62
Matthew 18
John 7-8
John 9:1-41; John 10:1-21
Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42
Luke 12-13
Luke 14-15
Luke 16; Luke 17:1-10
John 11
Luke 17:11-37; Luke 18:1-14
Matthew 19; Mark 10
Matthew 20-21
Luke 18:15–43; Luke 19:1-48
Mark 11; John 12
Matthew 22; Mark 12
Matthew 23; Luke 20-21
Mark 13
Matthew 24
Matthew 25
Matthew 26; Mark 14
Luke 22; John 13
John 14-17
Matthew 27; Mark 15
Luke 23; John 18-19
Matthew 28; Mark 16
Luke 24; John 20-21

* I didn’t create this list. It’s excerpted from a “Read the Bible in a year” lists you can find on any Bible study website.

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God didn’t design gravity to stifle your freedom

I keep your law in my heart, so I will not sin against you.

Rebellious children see laws differently than good kids.

The rebels see a legal code that restricts their freedom, while good kids see that laws simply describe how things work. The second group understands that gravity is just a fact; the first resents God for not letting them streak off into the sky like Superman.

Many Christians also are confused about God’s law. Some see it as a tool of Pharisees and an enemy of grace. To others, the law is a five-pound hammer and everyone around them is a 10-penny nail.

If, like others in my culture, I worship (place the highest value on) my freedom as an individual, then I am going to resent the law of God and chafe under its “control.”

If, on the other hand, I recognize that God’s law simply describes how the Creator designed the world to work, then I see that his laws of moral conduct are no different than his law of gravity. Just as life is best lived when a person doesn’t stand in the path of avalanches, so life works best when a person chooses to honor God and love his neighbor.

Psalm 119:11 says “I keep your law in my heart, so I will not sin against you.” (GNT) The songwriter understood that salvation is not about keeping a multitude of rules. He recognized that God’s law does not stifle a person’s freedom. Instead, he saw the wisdom of aligning his values and behavior with God’s original design for creation.

When you stop trying to be the king of your own world and start walking in God’s ways, you discover God has a better life in store for you than the one you have been living.

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