The Sea of Galilee:
Precious Backdrop to Jesus' Ministry
As you tour the Sea of Galilee You'll marvel that this lake, the scene of some of the most memorable messages and miracles of Jesus in Galilee, still appears much as it did in those days, and that is a great blessing.
Only 8 by 13 miles and a mere 140 feet deep, the Sea of Galilee is precious to Israel as its largest freshwater lake. As you experience the sacred sites that dot the shoreline, you'll feel how precious this waterscape also is to your understanding of Jesus' ministry. You'll feel the heartbeat of the Bible in the villages of the ordinary folk who first believed in Jesus: Capernaum, where Jesus preached and cast out demons (Mark 1:21-27) and Bethsaida, where he healed a blind man (Mark 8:22-29).
You'll see where ancient Christians marked the multiplication of loaves and fishesYou can wade into the sparkling water near an ancient pier, site of the miraculous catch of fish and where Jesus appeared after the resurrection (John 21). You'll see where ancient Christians marked the multiplication of loaves and fishes (Mark 6:35-44). You'll always remember the glint of the sun on the water at your early morning service, and the joy of worshipping where Jesus called his first disciples.
The Sea of Galilee (Kineret)