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Published: January 20th 2020
Last night we made a little presentation to Bill Dawson from our group...the Brown Bus. In the past we’ve been Aqua, Gray, and Purple, so this tear we’ve referred to ourselves as the pooper scoopers. We gave Bill a poop emoji hat which he wore on the bus this morning. It got a great laugh!!
Today we started with a long drive to Caesarea. It was rainy day but warm. Caesarea is a great Seaport built by King Herod. It is important to Christians because Paul spent two years in prison there in Cornelius was the first non-Jew to be baptized Christian. Read acts 10:1-6 to know more. Typically it’s beautiful and sunny at Caesarea but today was rainy and windy, Plus there is a lot of construction going on so it wasn’t conducive to great pictures.
it’s a short drive from Caesarea to the Roman aqueducts that were planned when construction on Caesarea began in 22 BC. King Herod commissioned a raised aqueduct to deliver water from the springs of Shuni, about 16 miles away. A lower aqueduct was added 150 years later. If you walk along the Mediterranean near the aqueducts you can pick up sea shells,
Roman glass, and shards of ancient pottery from the beach.
From Caesarea we drove to Meggido, an ancient city with 26 layers of settlements of which four have been identified. Meggido is said to have seen more battles than any other place on earth. Meggido is important to Christians because according to Revelation this is where the end of the earth begins when the Lord destroys all evil and Christ returns.. Read Revelation 16 to find out more.
While we were visiting Meggido, a terrible storm was brewing off in the distance. We were on top of the hill trying to make it to the bus before the storm hit. Several of us got wet but no downpour until we all boarded the bus.
Next up is the town of Nazareth, the city of Mary and Joseph and the home of Jesus. We were visiting Mount Precipice or the Mount of Leap as it is also known.. It is the place where the angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off after he proclaimed himself as the Messiah. If you want to know more read Luke 4:16-30.
Mount Precipice gives you a wonderful view of the Jezreel valley
below. It is beautiful, fertile farmland. Sadly it was cloudy and rainy today, but I think you can see its beauty from the pictures.
As we were leaving Nazareth in the rain, the sun came out and a beautiful rainbow appeared. We were all excited to see it from the bus.
Our last stop of the day was Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. Often when you visit here you can’t get into the church because many weddings are held at the site. Today we were permitted to enter. It is amazing when you see the wine vessel, but if you read John 2:1-11, you will notice John tells us the water pots held 20 to 30 gallons each, but I never really absorbed that until I saw the vessels.
Our day is over. We are now at our hotel on the beautiful Sea of Galilee awaiting dinner. We have a short day of touring this area tomorrow, as we head back to Jordan for our flight home. It will be a long one spanning two days and several trips through passport control and security. We all need an early night to
physically prepare for the trip.
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