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Israel 2023 Trip: Day 2

We set sail early in the morning on the Sea of Galilee. In this picture pastor Jeff is reading from Mark chapters 4-6 concerning Jesus’ walking on water and calming of the storm. This body of water is where the majority of Jesus’ miracles and teachings took place.

We journeyed to Caesarea Philippi to experience the location where Jesus spoke the words from Matthew 16:13-18. It was in this “Pagan worship sight” that he asked the question “Who do you say that I am?” The response given then and now is still imperative, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.”

This ancient synagogue in Capernaum is not just any synagogue. This is the sight where Jesus delivered the demon possessed man in Mark chapter 1. Additionally, this is the town where Jesus performed 5 miracles, including the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law.

What might appear just to be another mountain on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee is actually the presumed site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Not only was the message timeless but you can see the topography of the site would have allowed for a “natural amphitheater.”

The group made their way to the actual coastline of the Sea of Galilee to experience a possible location for Jesus’ interaction with the disciples and Peter in particular as recorded in John 21. Not only did the disciple catch an astounding 153 fish, but Peter was commissioned to “feed [Jesus'] sheep.”

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