Parallels to Matthew's Gospel

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This chart presents Matthew's order of events in the life of Christ. Matthew was written to a Jewish audience to present Jesus as the promised Messiah, the King of the Jews.

Event Matthew Mark Luke John
Genealogy of Jesus through Joseph1:1-17
Angel visits Joseph in a dream1:18-25
Wise men bring gifts2:1-12
Joseph's family escapes to Egypt2:13-15
Bethehem children killed2:16-18
Joseph's family settles in Nazareth2:19-232:39
Ministry of John the Baptist3:1-121:1-83:1-20
John baptizes Jesus3:13-171:9-113:21-23
Temptation of Jesus4:1-111:12-134:1-13
Herod imprisons John the Baptist4:121:143:19-20
Jesus settles in Capernaum4:13-171:14-154:31-32
Fishermen called to be disciples4:18-221:16-20
Jesus preaches in Synagogues4:23-251:394:44
Many follow Jesus to be healed4:23-253:7-12
Jesus ascends to address the multitude5:1
Sermon on the Mount5:1-8:16:20-49
Jesus heals a leper8:2-41:40-455:12-16
Jesus heals a Centurion's servant8:5-137:1-10
Peter's mother-in-law healed8:14-171:29-314:38-39
Orders to cross the Sea of Galilee8:184:358:22
Unfit followers8:19-229:57-62
Jesus calms a stormy sea8:23-274:36-418:23-25
Legion cast out of violent man8:28-345:1-208:26-39
Jesus sails to Capernaum9:15:218:40
Jesus cures a paralytic9:2-82:1-125:17-26
Matthew called to be a disciple9:92:13-145:27-28
Parables at Levi's reception9:10-172:15-225:29-39
Jairus asks Jesus to heal his daughter9:18-195:22-238:41-42
Ill woman is healed by touching Jesus9:20-225:24-348:42-48
Jesus raises Jairus' daughter to life9:23-265:37-438:51-56
Jesus heals two blind men9:27-31
Jesus heals a mute demoniac9:32-34
12 sent out to preach9:35-11:16:7-139:1-6
John sends 2 disciples to question Jesus11:2-67:18-23
Jesus commends John the Baptist11:7-197:24-35
Jesus rebukes 3 cities11:20-30
Disciples pick grain on the Sabbath12:1-82:23-286:1-5
Man's hand healed on the Sabbath12:9-143:1-66:6-11
Jesus withdraws to the sea12:14-213:7
Jesus heals a demon-possessed man12:22-233:20-22
Pharisees rebuked12:24-373:22-30
Sign of Jonah12:38-45
Family seeks Jesus12:46-503:31-358:19-21
Parables by the Sea13:1-354:1-348:4-18
Parables explained and told in private13:36-53
Second rejection in Nazareth13:54-586:1-6
Death of John the Baptist14:1-12
12 return and they withdraw14:136:30-329:106:1
Jesus teaches multitude14:146:33-349:116:2
Jesus feeds 5,00014:15-216:35-449:12-176:3-14
Jesus prays alone14:22-236:45-476:15
Jesus walks on water14:24-276:48-526:16-21
Peter walks on water14:28-33
Healings in Gennesaret14:34-366:53-56
Traditions of men rebuked15:1-117:1-16
Parable explained in private15:12-207:17-23
Gentile woman's faith15:21-287:24-30
Many healed on a mountain15:29-31
Jesus feeds 4,00015:32-398:1-10
Pharisees seek a sign16:1-48:11-13
Leaven of the Pharisees16:5-128:13-21
Peter's confession16:13-208:27-30
Jesus rebukes Peter16:21-288:31-9:19:18-27
The Transfiguration17:1-89:2-89:28-36
Elijah discussed while descending17:9-139:9-13
Demon is cast out of boy17:14-189:14-279:37-43
Disciples ask about the miracle17:19-219:28-29
Jesus discusses his death17:22-239:30-329:44-45
Jesus pays Temple tax17:24-27
Disciples argue about greatest18:1-69:33-379:46-48
Warnings about stumbling blocks18:7-119:43-50
Lost sheep parable18:12-14
Church discipline18:15-20
Peter's question about forgiveness18:21-35
Jesus goes to Judea by the Jordan19:110:1
Multitudes follow Jesus19:2
Pharisees questions on divorce19:3-910:2-9
Disciples questions on divorce19:10-1210:10-12
Jesus blesses little children19:13-1510:13-1618:15-17
Rich young ruler19:16-2610:17-2718:18-27
Disciples reward19:27-3010:28-3118:28-30
First shall be last discourse20:1-16
Jesus predicts death20:17-1910:32-3418:31-34
Request for James and John20:20-2410:35-41
Relationship of disciples20:25-2810:42-45
Blind men healed near Jericho20:29-3410:46-5218:35-43
Jesus ascends toward Jerusalem21:111:119:28
Two disciples get a colt21:1-711:1-719:29-35
Triumphal entry into Jerusalem21:8-1111:7-1019:35-3812:12-18
Second temple cleansing21:12-1311:15-1719:45-46
Jesus heals many in the temple21:14
Jewish leaders seek to destroy Jesus21:15-1611:1819:47-48
Jesus leaves Jerusalem21:1711:19
Withered fig tree (next morning)21:18-2211:20-26
Authority challenged in the Temple21:23-2711:27-3320:1-8
Parable of the two sons21:28-32
Parable of the vine growers21:33-4612:1-1220:9-18
Parable of the wedding feast22:1-14
Jews question on paying taxes22:15-2212:13-1720:19-26
Sadducees question the resurrection22:23-3312:18-2720:27-40
Scribes and Pharisees question Jesus22:34-4012:28-34
Jesus questions them about baptism22:41-4612:35-3720:41-44
Warnings about Scribes and Pharisees23:1-3912:38-4020:45-47
Disciples admire the temple24:1-213:1-221:5-6
4 fishermen question Jesus24:313:3-421:7
Jesus warns disciples of persecution24:4-1413:5-1321:8-19
Jesus predicts the fall of Jerusalem24:15-2813:14-2321:20-24
Jesus teaches about the 2nd coming24:29-3113:24-2721:25-28
Parable of the fig tree24:32-3313:28-2921:29-31
Warnings to be alert24:34-5113:30-3721:32-36
Parable of the 10 virgins25:1-13
Parable of the talents25:14-30
Warnings about the Judgment25:31-46
Jesus predicts day of crucifixion26:1-2
Plot to kill Jesus26:3-514:1-222:1-2
Mary's deed recounted26:6-1314:3-9
Judas bargains to betray Jesus26:14-1614:10-1122:3-6
Peter & John sent to prepare for Passover26:17-1914:12-1622:7-13
Fellowship in the upper room26:2014:1722:14
Jesus predicts his betrayal26:21-2514:18-2122:21-2313:21-26
Lord's Supper26:26-2914:22-2522:14-20I Cor 11:23-29
They sing a hymn and leave26:3014:2614:31
Jesus predicts the disciples' denial26:31-3214:27-28
Jesus predicts Peter's denials26:33-3514:29-3122:33-3413:36-38
Jesus enters Gethsemane26:3614:3222:39-4018:1
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane26:36-4614:32-4222:40-46
Mob comes to arrest Jesus26:4714;4318:2-3
Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss26:48-5014:44-4522:47-48
Peter severs the ear of Malchus26:50-5414:46-4722:49-5018:10-11
Jesus is arrested. The disciples flee.26:55-5614:48-5222:52-5418:12
Jesus lead to high priest's house26:5714:5322:5418:13-14
Peter follows at a distance26:5814:5422:5418:15-16
False witnesses testify26:59-6114:55-59
Caiaphas condemns Jesus26:62-6614:60-6422:66-71
Sanhedrin beats Jesus26:67-6814:65
Peter's 1st denial - doorkeeping girl26:69-7014:66-6822:55-5718:17-18
Peter's 2nd denial - by the fire26:71-7214:69-7022:5818:25
Peter's 3rd denial - relative of Malchus26:73-7514:70-7222:59-6218:26-27
Remorse of Judas27:1-10Acts 1:16-20
Jesus before Pilate27:1-1423:1-718:29-38
Pilate releases Barabbas27:15-2615:6-1523:13-2518:38-40
Pilate's soldiers crown and mock Jesus27:27-3015:16-2019:1-3
Simon of Cyrene bears the cross27:31-3215:20-2123:26
Jesus is brought to Golgotha27:3315:2223:32-3319:17
Soldiers offer Jesus sour wine mix27:3415:23
Soldiers divide the garments of Jesus27:35-3615:2423:3419:23-24
Inscription written by Pilate27:3715:2623:3819:19-22
2 robbers are crucified with Jesus27:3815:27-2823:3319:18
Multitudes mock Jesus27:39-4315:29-3223:35-37
Robbers mock Jesus27:4415:3223:39
Darkness from 6th to 9th hour27:4515:3323:44-45
"Eloi, Eloi, Lamma, Sabachthani"27:4615:34
Jesus is offered sour wine on a reed.27:47-4915:35-3619:29-30
Jesus cries out27:5015:3723:46
Jesus bows his head and dies27:5015:3723:4619:30
Temple veil torn from top to bottom27:5115:3823:45
Earthquake27:51
Saints rise, after Christ's resurrection27:52-53
Centurion glorifies God27:5415:3923:47
Women watch from a distance27:55-5615:40-4123:49
Joseph requests body from Pilate27:57-5815:42-4323:50-5219:38
Body placed in new garden tomb27:59-6015:4623:5319:41-42
Two Mary's watch the burial27:6115:4723:54-55
Roman soldiers guard the tomb27:62-66
Angel rolls stone28:2-4
Women bring spices to tomb at dawn28:116:1-424:1-320:1
Angels appear to women28:5-716:5-724:4-8
Women run to tell disciples28:816:824:9-1120:2
Jesus appears to other women28:9-10
Guards report to the priests28:11-15
Jesus commissions the apostles28:16-2016:15-1824:44-49

While the gospels present similar events, the order, emphasis, inclusion, and omission of events changes with each author. Each gospel is a literary work with unique goals and a specific target audience.

Discrediting the gospels for sequential differences is pointless. The theological purpose of each author was not to construct a precise sequential account, but to present Christ to his readers. New Testament writers occasionally grouped related ideas for clarity, and used devices like flashbacks for emphasis (e.g. Luke 9:7-9).

To learn more about Matthew and his purpose, audience, and emphasis, check out our Explore the Gospels article.

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