Walking on Water – following in the footsteps of Jesus. Part 2 – Sea of Galilee
In Part One we were in Nazareth. For Part Two we continue the Journey towards the shores of the Galilean Sea.
The lake itself has many different names, all-attributing to its rich historical past. Sea of Galilee, Sea of Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias. Along these famous shores much of Jesus’s ministry took place, and it is where he also recruited his Apostles (disciples), Peter and Andrew, James and John. Many of Jesus miracles as documented in the Bible took place here, and many famous events such as the Serpent on the Mount, his walking on water, and the feeding of the 5000 people with nothing but a blessing from above.
When they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him, and were troubled. But he straightway spoke with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. (Mark 6:49-50)
Using biblical descriptions and architectural ruins, many of the locations of these tales have been re-discovered and it is possible to visit these outstanding spiritual sites on a day trip.
I began in Capernaum. Believed to be near the hometown of the apostles (Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew). Jesus taught in this town, reading in synagogues and healing people. The crippled man who was lowered through the roof to be healed by Jesus, was also in Capernaum. And according to the Synoptic Gospel, Jesus used Capernaum as a base throughout his ministry in the area.
Today the area is an archeological site, no longer inhabited. Another co-incidence? Jesus famously cursed the town ‘You shall be brought down to Hades,” (Matthew 11:23) after their lack of belief to his teachings.
Not far from Capernaum, along the North-Western shore of the lake, is Tabgha.Sight of the Multiplication of the Fishes (Mark 6:30) and the fourth sight of the resurrection of the Christ (John 21:1). Almost next-door is the Church of St. Peter.
From Tabgha, one can walk up the hill and truly follow the footsteps of Jesus. At the top, is the Mount of Beatitudes. The place where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. The longest single piece of teaching from Jesus in the New Testament. (Matthew 5, 6 and 7). The setting is superb and there are many quiet places to sit and read the Sermon, and the beatitudes at the same location as they were delivered, all that time ago. The next best thing from time travel!
Time needed for the Sea of Galilee – Possible in half a day, but allow a whole day to really enjoy the atmosphere.
Coming in Part Three.. onwards to Jerusalem, and the final steps of Jesus.