Tiberias --> Capernaum --> Mount of Beatitudes
A whirlwind of a trip by the sea
The Charm of Tiberias: This was my least favorite location on the entire trip. Not that I regret stopping in this quaint beach town on the one day when everyone from 100 kilometers away converged simultaneously on its boardwalks, filling up every parking spot in sight and crowding the sidewalks with laughing children, tired parents, and unattended teenagers. The charm of Tiberias is that of a summer carnival with food vendors and carnival games, but with a view of the sea. On any other day it would have been quiet and we would have walked the empty boardwalk and easily chosen a place to sit and talk while enjoying the empty view of the wind rustling across the water.
As we drove away from Tiberias we spotted groups of people pulled off the main road
Capernaum seems artificial, placed behind a fence and everything in its proper place. A church covers the house of Peter the apostle of Jesus Christ. It may not have been too far from here where Jesus first called many of His disciples and made them "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). The curators of the property have done well in beautifying the spot with gardens of flowers of all kinds and laid ruins around in straight rows for people to see. You can enter the church above the house where a clear panel allows you to see the tiny rooms where Peter and his family housed Jesus
The Mount of Beatitudes is another place that probably looks nothing like it did when Christ walked the shores of the sea. This spot may be the place where Christ found a flat area up on a hill and preached to His disciples and many others, telling them of the true nature that leads to blessings from our Heavenly Father, and expounding on the spirit of the law we are to continue to keep (Matthew 5; Luke 6)
“But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:13-20).
Sea of Galilee
Monday, April 25, 2016
Kinneret, North District, Israel