13 January 2012

Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi was earlier known as Paneas (who was the god of good fortune and was worshipped there during the Old Testament era.) After Alexander the Great's death, this was the location of a major battle in 198 BC in which Antiochus the Great defeated the Egyptians and took control of the land. In 20 BC, its control was transferred to Herod the Great and after his death, his son Philip took control and named it Caesarea Philippi - after himself and Tiberius Caesar.

Jesus made 4 predictions here. The first about the church - He announced his purpose to build a church to witness of Him. The second, about the keys of the Kingdom - referring to the authority in the church. The apostles  were to lead believers until the epistles were written. The third prediction was about the coming death and resurrection of Jesus - stating redemption was essential for existence of church. The last prediction was of Jesus' call to discipleship. Jesus' body on earth would be composed of those who would deny themselves and follow Him.

The Banias spring - leading to the Jordan river

It was quite a rainy day here, but I didn't mind. the rain somehow brought out the beautiful reds, rusts, whites and black in the stone as well as the greens in the leaves and hills. After learning of the historical and biblical significance of Caesarea Philippi, we had time to walk around. Despite the rain, I made my way to the cave behind the river. It was an incredibly beautiful spot and definitely worth getting a little wet!

Fellow tour member, Sandy, drinking from the spring

                The cave behind the Banias river

Seriously, this resembles Ireland, right? Just a little bit?

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