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Visiting Caesarea Philippi: Place of Jesus’ most important ‘quiz’.

Welcome to another video blog from a recent trip to Israel.

This is one of my favorite sites, Caesarea Philippi, filled with spiritual insights. Because there are two “Caesarea’s” mentioned in the New Testament, it’s helpful to understand their distinctions. One is on the Mediterranean sea (Caesarea Maritima) on Israel’s western coast and was the site of one of Herod’s castles as well as where Paul was held before he was taken as a prisoner to Rome. An earlier vlog (video blog) on it can be found here.

This second ‘Caesarea’ (Caesarea Philippi) I wrote about in depth in a blog about 18 months ago and refer to it here in case you missed it. The location is mentioned just twice in the Gospels, once in Matt. 16:13 and the other in Mark 8:27.  In both Gospel versions, Jesus has warned the disciples of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees, or their false teachings.   Then he leads them to this place with its unusual history and asks them if they know who he truly is.  Understanding why Jesus led his disciples 18 miles to teach a single lesson (his identity as Christ) is powerful. Combining the written text and video will I hope, bring it to life for you.

Please feel free to share your insights on the below (and share this post with fellow travelers). We love hearing from you.

A fellow traveler,

Madelon

10 Responses to Visiting Caesarea Philippi: Place of Jesus’ most important ‘quiz’.

  1. Nancy Mooslin April 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    Madelon, I just love the power and clarity of your knowedlge and insights! The video brings back wonderful memories, helps me relive and inspiring trip. Thank You!!

    • Carol Raner April 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you Madelon for this enlightening tour! Viewing the remains of the Roman and Greek Gods at this site with its springs, considering the history and the events that led to this day, it is marvelous to imagine Jesus finally gaining from his disciples the answer to his question, “Who do you say I am?” I would never have imagined it to look as it does. You are so kind to share this with all of us! I am so grateful!

      • Madelon April 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

        So true Carol. And in this place, almost more than any other, I could imagine Jesus standing and gazing at all those pagan symbols and trying to lift those disciples’ thoughts higher.

  2. Michael Blitchtein April 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    Madelon, thank you kindly for your so inspired video with some new insights regarding Christ Jesus as our Saviour. Still under impression of your seminars here in Melbourne/

    • Madelon April 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

      Thank you Michael. It was such a powerful place and I love sharing its impact with others. Hope to see you and others in Melbourne one day again!

  3. Carey Arber April 4, 2017 at 3:59 am #

    So much great stuff to learn… your hard work is a great gift to many. Thank you very much, Madelon! Your generosity shines.

  4. Todd Herzer April 4, 2017 at 7:52 am #

    Most insightful posting ever! Keep up the good work Madelon.

  5. Kaarin Brown April 4, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    Yes, Madelon, this is so clarifying, especially considered in the light of Matthew’s expanded narrative.

  6. Anne Cooling April 4, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Just love the insight here Madelon. Thank you

  7. Kathleen Ramp April 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Yes, this gives helpful background and insight into Jesus’ question and the disciples’ response. Thank you for sharing, Madelon!

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