We started the day at the Golan Heights, a piece of land that has been fought over several times with Syria. From there we could look into Syria and our guide recalled some of the military history. We even got to walk through a military bunker, an amazing network of underground tunnels used by the army during their wartime.
From there we were of to Caesarea Phillipi, modern day Banas, the very pluralistic city which was the context of Jesus’ famous question to Peter and the disciples, ‘who do you say that I am?’ In this very beautiful setting which was the site of a remarkable temple to the Greek god Pan, we spent some time reflecting on our own answer to that question. Not the spiritual or Christian answer but what our true answer is, and what we’d like it to be.
After lunch was the best part for me. A kayak ride down the Jordan river! Amazing is not even adequate to explain it. Culmination was baptism for many here on the trip, in a setting similar to where John the Baptist and Jesus baptized many centuries ago.
Tommorow, the journey to Jerusalem begins!