10 Most Meaningful Events in Jesus’ Life and Where They Took Place
Published August 30, 2021.
Jesus Christ's life is full of meaningful moments, so much so that it is hard to choose just 10 of the most important events in His life. These events occurred across the Holy Land, in all the places where Jesus walked in Israel.
1. Birth of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem
Mary and Joseph left their home in Nazareth and traveled to Bethlehem, Joseph's ancestral hometown, where he was required to register for a national census. When they arrived, there were no rooms available, and the only place they could stay was in a barn. Here Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. They were visited by shepherds from the surrounding fields and three wise men from the East who came to see the birth of a king. In the 4th century, the Church of Nativity was built around the grotto, where Jesus was born.
2. Jesus Visits the Temple, Jerusalem
When Jesus was 12 years old, he traveled with his parents from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. At the end of the celebration, Mary and Joseph began the journey home together with a group of fellow pilgrims. They presumed Jesus was among the group. But a day into their travels, they realized they had lost Jesus. Returning to Jerusalem, they found Him in the Temple. Jesus said to His parents: "Why were you searching for me?” ... “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?" Luke 2:11
3. Baptism of Jesus, Jordan River
Jesus went down to the Jordan River and was baptized by John the Baptist. The baptism of Christ is an important event in Christianity, as it shows Jesus' humility, His authority as God's son, and it identifies Him with sinners. The baptism took place in the Jordan River but may have been at Al-Maghtas in Jordan or Qasr el-Yahud across the river in Israel, not far from Jericho.
4. Christ's Transfiguration, Mount Tabor
Christ took His disciples Peter, John, and James up Mt. Tabor, where He saw Moses and the Prophet Elijah. At that moment, Jesus was transfigured, radiating light. This event, witnessed by the disciples, teaches us of Christ's glory and the transformation we go through as His followers.
5. Jesus' Seven Miracles, Galilee & Jerusalem
After his baptism and 40 days and nights in the desert, Jesus returned to Galilee, where he based himself in Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and began his ministry.
The Book of Signs, in the Gospel of John, describes the seven great signs or miracles Jesus performed:
Changing water into wine at Cana (John 2:1-11)
The first miracle was at a wedding in Cana when Jesus miraculously turned water into wine.
Healing the royal official's son in Capernaum (John 4:46-54)
An officer approached Jesus in Cana and asked Him to heal his son in Capernaum. Jesus said, "go, your son will live," and before the officer reached Capernaum, his servant came out to tell the officer of his son's miraculous recovery.
Healing the paralytic at Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
Jesus visited Jerusalem for a Jewish feast, and at the pool of Bethesda, he met a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus told him: "Pick up your bed and walk," and he did so.
Feeding the 5000 near Bethsaida (John 6:5-14)
A crowd gathered to be healed by Jesus on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. As night fell and the people became hungry, Jesus divided five loaves and two fish among them, miraculously satisfying their hunger.
Jesus walking on water in Sea of Galilee (John 6:16-24)
Jesus told his disciples to return to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. But a storm raged, and the disciples rowed against the wind for most of the night. Jesus left the shore and miraculously walked across the water to their boat. Then He performed a second miracle and calmed the storm before returning with them to land.
Healing the blind man in Siloam (John 9:1-7)
Jesus met a man who had been blind from birth. He mixed some of his salivae with mud, rubbed it on the man's eyes, and told him to go wash it off in the Pool of Siloam. When the man returned, his sight was restored. "When I am in the world, I am the Light of the World." (John 9:5)
The raising of Lazarus in Bethany (John 11:1-45)
Mary and Martha of Bethany sent word to Jesus that their brother was ill. Jesus waited two days before traveling to Bethany. When He arrived, Lazarus has already been entombed for four days. Jesus asked Martha if she truly believes, and Martha replies: "Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who has to come into the world." Jesus asked for the tomb to be opened, and Lazarus immerges, alive.
6. The Last Days of Christ's Life, Jerusalem
Christ arrived at the home of Lazarus in Bethany and spent the night. The next day, He entered Jerusalem, surrounded by adoring followers. Jesus looked out across the city from the Mount of Olives and wept as he foresaw Jerusalem's destruction. The next day, Jesus cleared the Temple of money changes, saying: "My house is a house of prayer." (Luke 19:46). The priests and elders challenged Jesus' authority and plotted His death. Jesus stayed the night at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany. On Tuesday night, Jesus enjoyed the last supper with his disciples, then He went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, and eventually, He fell asleep. Sometime after midnight, Judas led the Roman soldiers to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He was arrested.
7. Jesus’ Crucifixion, Jerusalem
The New Testament tells us how Jesus was arrested, tried by the Sanhedrin (Jewish council), and taken before Pontius Pilate, where he was sentenced to death by crucifixion. Christ was given his cross to bear as he walked through the streets of Jerusalem, along the Way of Sorrow, to Golgotha (Mount of Skull), not far from Mount Moriah. Christ was crucified at Golgotha, and following his death, He was removed from the cross and buried in a rock-cut tomb. Today the Tomb of Jesus and the site of Golgotha are encompassed by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
8. Resurrection, Jerusalem
On the third day after His burial, Christ was resurrected, and His tomb was found empty. He appeared to several people, including his disciples, in a transformed body powered by the Spirit. His resurrection is the promise that all Christian dead will be resurrected at the second coming.
9. Jesus' Ascension to Heaven, Mount of Olives
Jesus met with his disciples on the Mount of Olives and gave them His final teaching. He blesses them and rose above the mountain as two white angels told the disciples that Christ would return to Earth the same way He left.
10. Promised Return
The final meaningful moment in Jesus' life has not yet come to pass. The Bible tells us that Jesus will return for those who have followed him here on Earth., and so we wait for the return of Christ the Savior, the Messiah.