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Trip to Israel – Caesarea Philippi

March 6, 2012

Since I mentioned Caesarea Philippi in my sermon on Sunday and in my blog post yesterday, I thought I would post pictures from this amazing site. Home of the Temple of Pan, it is located at the base of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. It consists of a very large rocky mountain/hillside with a cave built into it that exposes a large spring. The spring flowed strongly for many years and the people could not tell exactly how deep the spring is. As a result, they called the spring the Gates of Hades/Hell. The spring now flows out from beneath the cave. It was a pretty amazing place to visit!

Matthew 16:13-20
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ 14And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ 15He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ 16Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ 17And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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