All weekend the crowds had been flocking to the park to hear Jesus and the disciples. From morning to evening they continued to come in, carrying the sick on litters. As the week progressed,...
Category: Galilee Area
It was the Galilee where Jesus lived as a child and where later as an adult he carried forth his ministry.
The many places where he lived and taught still stand today as more and more sites are being revealed through the efforts of archeological excavations. In her home town of Nazareth, the Virgin Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:26-38) Today you can visit the very place where Mary was approached while preparing the dinner table for her family, preserved as a part of the Church of the Annunciation.
You can stand before the actual room and relive the amazing event. This was a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy
of the prophet Isaiah. (Isaiah 7:14)
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We know from the New Testament (Mathew 2:22) that Joseph returned from Egypt with the young Jesus to his hometown
of Nazareth where Jesus grew into manhood.
Not far from the Church of the Annunciation is St. Joseph’s Church in which there is preserved Joseph’s Carpentry Shop, which may also be part of Jesus’ childhood home.
A visit there allows you to meditate before the very room
in which the young Jesus learned his father’s trade watching quietly as Joseph skillfully went about his work.
While in Nazareth, you will also want to see the
Synagogue Church and thrillingly relieve the moment when after reading from the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 61) of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus turned to the congregation saying: “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)
Your next stop might be Kfar Kana where the
“Wedding Church” celebrates the miracle of the wedding feast when Jesus turned the water to wine. (John 2:1-11)
A visit to Kibbutz Ginosar on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) allows you to see the Jesus Boat. This is an actual fishing boat such as Peter and the other disciples used and that carried Jesus on his trips across the lake. The boat itself has been well preserved and may have actually been built by Jesus and his brothers working in their father’s woodshop.
This is a real opportunity to place yourself back in Jesus’ day as you stand beside what may very well have been Peter’s boat or one very much like it…
Before visiting Capernaum you can stop at Tabgha where Jesus fed 5000 with a few loaves of bread and a few fishes. This is commemorated by the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. It is also here that you will find the large rock on which the Master fed the disciples the bread and fish that he prepared for them after his resurrection from the dead when he met them on these shores. (John 21) It was also here that after their meal, he took his disciples two by two and walked with them along the lake preparing them for their future ministry, telling Peter—“Feed my sheep.” (John 21:16)
Take a moment to meditate on the Lord and his goodness and see if he might not have a word for you as well.
From Tabgha you can look north to the surrounding hill and see where Jesus delivered his sermon on the mount including the Beatitudes. Imagine yourself as one listening at this momentous event and hearing for the first time these great words of wisdom, this teaching for the ages, telling you that “you are the light of the world.” (Mathew 5)
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Now on to Capernaum where so much of Jesus’ ministry took place. It is here that you will find the remains of Peter’s house where the Messiah stayed, where He healed Peter’s mother and where the paralytic was let down through the roof right over his bedroom. (Mark 2:4-5) Imagine the crowds pressing against the simple mud brick home, trying to reach Him, almost to the point of collapsing the walls.
Here you will also see the synagogue in which he taught on the Sabbath and where many watched him closely for signs of blasphemy.
To the east is Mt. Tabor, the site that commemorates the transfiguration, where Jesus’ face “did shine as the sun,
and His garments became as white as light.” (Matthew 17:2) From the top you have majestic views of the valley below from all directions. Imagine the astonishment experienced
by Peter, James and John as they saw the images of Elijah and Moses and their teacher, Jesus Himself, shinning as bright as the sun. They must have known then that their Master was indeed not a normal rabbi but the Messiah of Israel.
At Kibbutz Ginosar on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, a great discovery was made. In 1986, after a long drought, two fishermen discovered an ancient boat. At the same time a double...
The Mount of Beatitudes lies on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is here that Jesus called his disciples to ordain them for the work that lay ahead of them. For months...
Near Netufa Valley in the Galilee, just north of Nazareth, lie the ruins of ancient Cana, the biblical city where Jesus blessed the wedding guests by changing water to wine (John 2:1-11). Remains of the stone...
On the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) lie the remains of the first century village of Capernaum. Among these remains is Peter’s house, the house in which Jesus probably lived during his...
By the time of Jesus the immersion in water had become a ritually prescribed practice by the rabbis to cleanse one both physically and spiritually. Such immersions have historically been accomplished through the use...