Jesus might have walked this path! April 28, 2016
Today was information/site overload. First thing in the morning we made it to the coastal site of Caesarea, an area that Herod the Great established as a port. We begin in this are by visiting the ruins of an ancient amphitheater. This was also the place where they possibly held Paul prior to his traveling to Rome. The acoustics were amazing as three people from our group went to center stage and sang Amazing Grace. We saw where Herod built an elaborate temple that included a pool right on the rocks above the sea.
From there we went to a place overlooking the Jezreel Valley, or the place in Revelations Ch#16 called Armageddon. It was hard imagining the carnage that will result from this battle.
We then traveled to Nazareth where we visited an area that was rebuilt to replicate an old town motif. We enjoyed a traditional Seder meal, which symbolized the Passover Feast.
The next stop was Mt Carmel. In 1Kings 18-19 we read that this is the place where Elijah battled the 450 prophets of Baal. We could also see the Jezreel Valley from here. A high point of this trip was when we entered a small chapel with amazing acoustics. We sang a few songs that would “blow your socks off”. We ended with “I Love You Lord”. If our Worship Leader, Greg were there he would have signed us all up for special music next week. It truly was a blessing.
We then went to the site where Jesus was rejected (Luke #4). This is where the crowd wanted to throw him off the hill. However, in vs 30 it says, “But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” One can only wonder how Jesus pulled that one off, but again we tend to put “human” limits on him. I guess that if he can calm the storm, he can walk right through a mob of angry citizens without breaking a sweat. As we were walking the path back to our bus, Charlie paused for a moment commenting, “Just think, Jesus probably walked this path.” We all just stoop there contemplating the reality of his statement.
We finally made it to our evening destination, The Sea of Galilee. We had just enough time to dip our toes into the sea. Tomorrow we are scheduled to spent some additional time in this area. I am looking forward to visiting the Mt of the Beatitudes’. At dinner everybody was dragging, but we managed to gather enough energy to enjoy the food, fellowship and an amazing view of Galilee.
I must say that our tour guide has done an exceptional job at each sight. She has added so much to the history and biblical knowledge. We are all grateful to Hela and all she is adding to our trip.
Blessings and heading to bed, (p.s. I am not editing this much because sleep is much needed.)