We woke up the next morning to a beautiful sunrise over the Sea of Galilee. Again. It never got old.
Before heading out for the second day of our trip we began the morning with an Israeli breakfast. The egg was cooked in what tasted like a sweet spaghetti sauce, the croissant was filled with a tart cheese, and the meal was accompanied by a buffet of cheeses, yogurt, and olive oils.
Our tour began with a voyage across the Sea of Galilee in a motorized replica boat of the one Jesus and the disciples would have used.
We also saw the town of Magdala where Mary Magadalene came from.
It was amazing while reading the story of Jesus calming the sea to listen to the tranquility of the waters and come to understand this moment in Jesus’ life.
After getting off the boat we went to the Mount of Beatitudes for Sunday worship.
Perhaps the most striking moment of the day was praying the Lord’s prayer on the same mountain where Jesus prayed it.
Our next stop was Chorazin. Even though this city did not serve as central a place in the biblical story, it is one of the best preserved examples of a biblical city.
The highliglight was the synagogue at the center of the city.
Each synagogue would be elaborately decorated.
It would also include a Seat of Moses
Around the synagogue would be the many houses of the city.
For lunch we ate the famous St. Peter’s fish.
After lunch we went to the port where Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. This is the place where Jesus asked Peter, “do you love me?” and then commanded him to feed his sheep.
We also got to stick our feet in the Sea of Galilee.
Our last stop for the day was in Capernaum. Capernaum is the home of Peter, the place of Jesus’ early ministry, the place where a paralytic man was let through the roof to be healed, and most importantly, the place where Jesus made the claim that he could forgive sins.
These are individual houses in Capernaum. One of these houses was where the paralytic man was lowered through the roof, Jesus made the claim that he could forgive sins, and Jesus proved the claim by saying “rise, pick up your mat, and walk.”
We also saw the synagogue of Capernaum. The foundation of the synagogue (black rocks) was the actual synagogue Jesus taught in and attended in his early ministry.
There was a church built over Simon Peter’s boyhood home where Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law.
As we were traveling we saw cows grazing on the hillsides along the road. No matter where we went, there were always cows grazing on the hills. What a reminder that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
On our way to Bethlehem for the night we saw the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John.
Driving through Jerusalem on our way to Bethlehem we passed the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.
Up next, Bethlehem…