This morning we began with a visit to Tabgha, an area situated on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus after his Crucifixion. There we were able to visit the Church of the Loaves and Fish, and the Mensa Christi, or the Table of Christ.
From there we visited Capernaum, which was a fishing village established during the time of the Hasmoneans, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A house turned into a church by the Byzantines is believed to have been the home of the Apostle Peter. It is known as the center of his public ministry in Galilee after he left his childhood home of Nazareth.
We later embarked upon a boating excursion where our guide David took us out on the waters. Pastor Chris Seay shared with us from the account of Matthew’s Gospel describing Jesus walking on the water and Peter’s struggle with his faith to follow Jesus onto the water.
We then headed to an archaeological site called Magdala, the site of at least two places in ancient Israel mentioned in the Jewish Talmud and possibly a location mentioned in the Christian New Testament. They have discovered an ancient Jewish Synagogue which would have been active during Jesus’ time.
Pastor Chris told us it is almost 100% certain that Jesus would have visited this Synagogue. A church is also located at the site with a beautiful view of the lake and very impressive and inspiring murals and artwork throughout. The discovery at Magdala is said to be on par with the Dead Sea Scrolls in historical importance.
A view of our beautiful hotel on the Sea of Galilee, The Scots Hotel:
From Tabgha Church of Loaves and Fish:
From Mensa Christi, our group removed their shoes to connect with the waters as Pastor Chris shared from the Gospels:
From the ruins of a 4th Century Synagogue in Capernaum:
A sculpture of “Homeless Jesus” inspired by the verse Luke 9:58, “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.'”
From our sail upon the Sea of Galilee:
Magdala archaeological site, and the Duc in Altum Spiritual Center:
From the mosaics in the Duc in Altum…
Jesus calls the disciples:
Jesus catches Peter after he falters on his attempted walk on water:
The fearful disciples on the Sea of Galilee:
Jesus casts out seven spirits from Mary Magdelene (Luke 8:2):
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). -Mark 5:41