Good Morning Everyone,
I’m short on time this morning since we are getting ready to load up the buses and head to Jerusalem. I tried to get online last night after we got home, which was late, but the internet here leaves much to be desired. I sent some pictures of our trip yesterday so I hope you will take the time to check them out. Let me tell you a little about the day.
We left our hotel and went to Capernaum, which is about six miles north of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. When Jesus left Nazareth He went to Capernaum and made it His home base during His ministery. Capernaum was also the home of Simon Peter. We saw Peter’s house yesterday and it was so awesome. In the first century Christians built a church over the site. Today, Christians have build a “flying saucer” over the site. It’s not really a flying saucer, but it sure looks like one.
I was able to walk in the old syagogue, built in the 300’s A.D., where many of our brothers and sisters worshipped. If you look at the picture I sent of this you can see white stones resting on black stones. Archeologists believe the black stones are the very foundation stones of the synagogue where Jesus taught.
From Capernaum we went a mile down the road to the Mount of Beautitudes, the place where Jesus preached the greatest sermon that has ever been heard. We read Matthew 5-7 as we sat on the hill and I went back 2,000 years in my mind. Those who heard Jesus were sitting and looking at the Sea of Galilee just like we were!
From there we went down the road around the Sea of Galilee a little further and we visited the Museum of the Boat. Some of you may remember about 5 years ago when a boat was discovered on the Sea of Galilee in the area where Jesus ministered. I’ve got a picture you can check out to see it. Archeologists date the boat to Jesus’ day. There is no way to know if it was the boat that Jesus and His disciples used, but it was used in the day in which Jesus sailed the Galilee.
After such a full day we went to eat at a “Sho Nuff” Jewish restaurant. The food was out of this world! A Jewish lady that owns the restaurant got up and sang a tribute to Kay Arthur who has been going to Israel with groups like ours for 30 years. Kay loves the Jewish people, she loves Israel, and the people of Israel love her. We had a great time, but I was ready to hit the sack. I hope you will enjoy the pictures from my day.
I continue to be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of Israel. I have always known that the Jewish people were people of great national pride, now I understand why. They are the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They live in the land that God has given them. They are surrounded on every side by political and religious enemies and yet they walk the streets with confidence. They have faith in God. They believe that they are people of destiny, God’s destiny. I was thinking about this last night. You and I are not Jewish, but we can have and even greater confidence than the Jewsih people. The Word of God teaches us “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10) Last night at the restaurant they were playing music and dancing when the lady stopped and said, “Do you know what you are singing?”? Then she said, “Messiah will come! Messiah will come!”? I’ve got news for you my friends, “He has come!”? Jesus came to take away our sins, to call us from darkness to light, and to give us the assurance of eternal life! The Messiah has come and He is coming again!? Through Jesus you and I can have the confidence of knowing that our past is forgiven, our present is secure, and our future is in God’s hands. What a glorious future it will be for those bow their knee to the King of all Kings! Have a super day.
You can see the pictures as I add them here on the website.