We arrived at our table, thanked the Lord for our food, and began to eat. I wanted a mundane cup of tea, so, I went searching for it on the other side of the room, where, to my amazement, was another table of hot breakfast foods, and an assortment of breads and pastries. "Further in and further on", as the Centaur in "The Last Battle" proclaimed. And so I did! I found my tea and also an array of fruits, fruit smoothies, an omelet bar, and an espresso station. Was I dreaming? And this isn't Heaven yet!
Back to reality, we headed north to Caesarea. Another beautiful spot to live...the Mediterranean coast is breathtaking, and the cool breezes a welcome relief from the heat. Which is why Herod I, an architect as well as King, commissioned his palace to be built here. Even today, it is the home of the highest real estate in the country.
Herod had the aqueduct that was meant for the city partially diverted to his home, so he could fill a pool carved from the rock in the Mediterranean...a fresh water pool within the ocean! He also built the hippodrome (where chariot races were held), just outside his door. How's that for hedonistic tendencies?
More importantly, this was where Peter met with Cornelius, a Roman official and a righteous man, after they both had dreams. Peter was in Joppa, dreaming about God pronouncing all things clean to eat. Even Gentiles, God revealed, were clean if they believed in
Christ's work on the cross...unbelievable to a Jew! Cornelius, was lead in a dream to find Peter, so he could bring him the Gospel. They met, Cornelius converted to Christianity, and soon, many Gentiles in the known world were changed through Christ's work on the cross. Being the first Christian convert, I'm sure he was a great influence on the entire Roman government in some way. Later, as more Gentiles turned from their pagan ways, they chose Caesarea as their home.
Nearby, was the mountain of transfiguration, where two disciples saw Jesus with Moses and Elijah. They wanted to build a memorial, but that was not in Jesus plan to have them worship a site, instead of the person, as we sometimes do today.
Within a short drive, and certainly within easy walking distance from Jesus' home, was Cana, the location of His first miracle. Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding when the last of the wine ran out.
Now, we are traveling towards Tiberius, where we will lodge for two nights. Tomorrow, we will see the places Jesus ministered while he was in Galilee.