What Galilee Has Taught Me

by Andrew Forrest
The Sea of Galilee is beautiful at night and in day.

These last few days I’ve been in the Galilee, in the north of Israel, and it is the particularity of the place that’s made the biggest impression on me: it was on this beach that Jesus called to Peter and the others when they’d been fishing all night and caught nothing; it was on this lake where Jesus calmed the storms; it was this hillside on which Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount; it was in this synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus taught from the Torah; it was this cliff outside of Nazareth from which the neighbors of Jesus tried to throw him, etc. Of course, there is no way to know that it was this exact spot on this beach, or this exact spot on this hillside, or this exact spot on this cliff, but that’s not the point. The point is that these things actually happened, and they happened somewhere right here–if not this exact location, then it was another nearby. The reason this has hit me so hard is that history can be difficult to believe in: I can know intellectually that the Battle of Gettysburg happened, but it’s still hard to feel that it happened. Being here has made me feel what I already believed intellectually: Jesus really lived.

From my first few days in Israel, that’s been my biggest lesson: Jesus was actually here. And if he was, that changes everything.

Being here has made me feel what I already believed intellectually: Jesus was actually here. And if he was, that changes everything.





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LoisJean Kinney January 31, 2019 - 3:47 pm

We are so happy that you all were able to make this wonderful trip. My husband and I were there in 1978, after we spent two weeks in then Zaire, now Congo. That was a fantastic trip for us and I know this is one for you. I personally felt the same way about the region around Galilee. All the sites in Jerusalem, the grotesquely large , dusty cathedrals were nothing in comparison. But, the small gray, unpretentious Catholic Church on the hillside by Galilee was like a welcoming place and a beautiful spot to look over the hill and imagine Jesus was there teaching. Thank you for the pictures and your little messages.
LoisJean Kinney

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Lottie Price February 1, 2019 - 9:20 am

I am so enjoying your pictures from Israel, beautiful! Enjoy!

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Mark Foster Brack February 5, 2019 - 8:02 pm

YOU ROCK ANDREW!

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