>>Jesus chose 12 men. They weren’t’ kings,
they weren’t priests, they were ordinary average men, but he knew these 12 would
serve a special purpose in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus saw their potential. Fishermen, a tax collector, a
zealot, men with ordinary jobs who would become
the 12 apostles.>>Barry, we’ve talked
about a lot of events in the life of Jesus. We’ve talked about His birth,
His infancy, His childhood, but over in Mark,
chapter 1, the next phase of his life in ministry starts. Mark, chapter 1, verse 16 it
says that, “passing along the side of Sea of Galilee He
saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon,
casting a net into the sea, for they were fisherman. And Jesus said to
them, ‘Follow me and I will make you
become fishers of men.'” And, of course, He calls a
couple of other men from there to become followers of Him. Where can we go to see places
connected to those events?>>All those events took place
in the region of Galilee. So, I’d like to take you
to some of those places. There’s a Roman road that I
have read is still exposed, that stretches from
Nazareth to Capernaum. I’ve never been there and I’d
really like to try to find it. Next I’d like to take you
out on the Sea of Galilee, a boat ride out there
will help reinforce a lot of these places in your mind. Capernaum is another
wonderful spot. Jesus lived there,
this is where a number of the disciples
lived at the time. A visit there would be something
you will always remember.>>Imagining a place in Galilee that you haven’t been
is kind of shocking. I really want to go try
to find this Roman road. Right now we’re leaving
Nazareth, we’re trying to get to a remaining exposed section
of first century Roman road at a location called
Golani Junction. There’s an actual current
road that goes around there. The modern road has
been reconfigured, so we’re still trying to figure
out exactly how to get there. But we’re supposed to
be able to put our feet on some actual first century
road that Jesus would have used when He left Nazareth.>>All right, so that’s
what we’re going to have to do is we’re going to
have to hoof it, yeah, we’re going to have to hoof it. I’ve seen this place on Google
Maps and I’ve read stories about it and I wanted
to go see a Roman road that Jesus walked on. It was no problem. All we had to do was –>>Over a barbwire
fence and through that field and over that hill.>>Two guardrails. And after about 20
minutes there we –>>Past the dead horse.>>There we are. During the first
century, of course, the Romans controlled this area
and they built a series of roads that just dotted the landscape.>>It’s a ruined road. You have all these weeds,
you have all these thorns and thistles popping up.>>This is a road that
actually stretched all the way from the Mediterranean
Sea to the Sea of Galilee and even farther
beyond than that.>>And, so, Jesus would
have left Nazareth and come down this way towards the Sea of
Galilee and over the hill there to the left and over
that and down. He would have come out at
the bottom of the Arbel Pass and then continued around
the north side of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum.>>He would have.>>And behind us, so, heading
west, we would have Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus.>>Yes.>>So, from Nazareth to
Capernaum, what’s the distance?>>Well, it depends on exactly
where the road meandered through here, but I
would say somewhere between 20 and 25 miles.>>We’re walking on
history right now.>>We are. If Jesus and His
disciples during the time as they would walk
between Nazareth and Capernaum they probably
would have come down this road.>>Which is amazing.>>Yes.>>Part of a culture in Israel
is there’s history everywhere. There’s history underneath you,
there’s history around you. Several hundred yards behind
this gas station there’s a first century road. In the US we think something
a couple hundred years is old and over here they’ve
got things millennia old.>>That they don’t call old.>>That they don’t call old,
because there’s stuff older than that just around
the corner.>>So, it just redefines
in your mind what old is. It gives you a fresh
perspective.>>one of the things I
remember is walking on the road and being able to see the hill
in the distance and knowing that these are probably
the same views that the — the disciples had as they
walked on this same road. Nothing has changed about
that over the last 2,000 years. Walking literally
in their footsteps.>>It was an adventure. I mean, getting up
there and walking on the road was an adventure
and it was worth it to be able to stand on that
piece of history.>>I’ve been looking
forward to coming to Nof Ginosar the whole trip.>>Yeah, what’s cool in
here is they had this boat that they found that’s
actually from the first century.>>We’re in the museum, getting
ready to walk in and look at the boat and we meet Mr.
Lufan, one of the two brothers that help find the boat. So, we’re here at Ginosar.>>Yes.>>With Mr. Yuval Lufan.>>One of the two brothers
who found the ancient boat.>>Back in 1986.>>How did that feel
when you found the boat?>>Okay.>>Yes.>>And the beautiful. I mean, a first century boat and you all did a
wonderful job preserving it, getting it over here and
sharing it with the world. In 1986 there
was the drought, the water went back
from the shore. That’s how you saw
it and found it. What was the process
like getting it out of the mud and over here?>>You were putting
sandbags down. Trying to keep
the water away. And then when you got it
over here to preserve it, because the wood was so fragile,
you were going through a process of solidifying, making
the wood hard again. Behind us there’s this
example of polyurethane. You coated it.>>Yes.>>And you floated it
on the lake around.>>So, after 2,000 years that
boat came out of the mud and was floating
on the sea again.>>It was a blessing.>>It was a blessing
to be a part of that.>>Yes.>>could you take us
to go see the boat? Could we go through and see it?>>Come.>>All right. That would be great.>>Now, you see slowly,
slowly she’s a go. And after that she’s
— look, wax out. Now we’re cleaning it. She stay, I think, one year. You see?>>Thank you, Yuval.>>Goodbye.>>Thank you. I mean, it’s not something
compared to the Eifel Tower, I mean, it’s not that
impressive, it’s not that big. What’s impressive about
it is how old it is, how long it was preserved,
the fact that they were able to harden the wood and keep it
from disintegrating further, the fact that it’s connected
to the lake, it’s connected to the first century, it’s
connected to the time of Christ. That’s what impresses
you about it.>>It’s a darkened room
because they are trying to protect the boat
and it’s really only about a third of the boat. The part of the boat that was
concealed in mud for 2,000 years.>>You know, growing up in the
Pacific Northwest, around water, you know, the Pacific Ocean,
you get on boats all the time. You know, you go crab fishing,
you get on ferries to take you from one place to the other,
you dock your car, but to come and see this boat and see
something that was connected to the time and the life of
Jesus is just extra special. To see something that helps
you visualize what several of his apostles might
have worked in, it helps you picture
that so much clearer. And I think there’s tremendous
value in seeing the boat and making that connection.>>Especially if you know
something about the Sea of Galilee during
the first century, because at that time there were about 16 ports all the
way around the lake. And, so, there was constantly
traffic going across the lake. It’s not really that
way anymore. Most the boats that are out
there are tourist boats. But then the lake
was much more active and this would have
been the type of boat that would have been
all over the water.>>So, to imagine being
in something like that when a windstorm came down
or imagine being in something like that at night and not
being able to make headway. It would make me a little bit
nervous to be in something that looked like that. So, to see that helps me picture
how the disciples might have felt when things
like that happened.>>That ancient boat
was really cool.>>Yeah, but you
couldn’t ride on it on the Sea of Galilee today. Let’s get on a real boat.>>Let’s try this out.>>Being on the boat and
passing as close as we did to everything gave
great perspective to how close everything is. You know, when I’m reading
through the gospels and I read about Jesus going from
Nazareth to Capernaum or he goes from Capernaum around
the side of the sea, in my mind the spaces
are so large, the distances are so large. But to be on the boat
in one spot on the sea and do just a little
bit of a quarter turn and see all those places. You get Capernaum, and you get
the Church of the Beattitudes and you keep going around
and there’s Nof Ginosar with the ancient boat
and there’s Mount Arbel with the pass that He would
have walked on the Roman road. Just to see all of that
in a quarter turn puts into perspective how tightly
everything is connected and how close it is. To be here just passing
the Cove of the Sower, it’s just a Bible
student geek out moment to see the natural
amphitheater of the cover, it helps you visualize
why Jesus got in the boat and put out a little ways. As He spoke up to the
folks on the hill. It’s hard to put into words. Being here and imagining
that and seeing that in your mind’s eye, not
just reading it on a page and going, “Oh, yeah,
that happened,” but to understand the why. Anybody that’s been
reading through that and then you see it,
that’s a geek out moment. To stand here and get
perspective of distances and elevations and
contours and roads, it helps the text come alive. These things really happened. It happened in this land
and hopefully we’re able to communicate some of that to everybody else
as they watch this. One of the boat drivers
comes up and throws the net and shows us this is how
they would have thrown a net when they were fishing
in Jesus’ day. So, you got Peter and Andrew and
James and John, these fishermen that would have fished
like this. And then he offers, “Hey, would
you like to throw the net?” Said, “Yeah.” You know, how often
do you get a chance to do something like that?>>He should not
quit his day job.>>I think on a scale
from one to 10, my net throwing’s like a 12. Still nothing for lunch. More falafel. [ Laughter ]>>It is gorgeous
out here today.>>It really is, it’s
a beautiful day here.>>So, we’re at the
Sea of Galilee. Why don’t you read a
little bit from Mark 1.>>This is the area where
Jesus called His disciples. In Mark 1 it says, “And
passing along the Sea of Galilee He calls Simon and
Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net into the sea,
for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to
them, ‘Follow me and I will make you
become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left
their nets and followed him.”>>You can really
visualize that. It talks a lot about the
occupation of these four men. You know, they’re fishermen,
they’re casting their nets, they’re cleaning their nets,
they’re fixing their nets. You can really see all
that going on right here. You can imagine that
really well.>>Absolutely, that’s one of the reasons why
it’s so nice to see this here at the Sea of Galilee.>>About how far would
that have happened, where Jesus calls
them, how far would that have happened
from this spot?>>It would have
happened somewhere here on the northern shore,
so I would say anywhere between a half mile either way of where we’re standing
right now.>>So, let’s get some
perspective then. If I start going around the lake
this way a little bit further, what am I going to run into?>>Well, this will
be the northern shore and the next big city
you’ll come to is Capernaum.>>Okay. And going the
opposite direction?>>Well, we’ve got the
plane of Ganezareth, which would have sat
just over that ridge and there were a
number of villages there in the first century,
including the town of Magdala, which is where we think
Mary Magdalene lived. And, of course, rising above
that you have Mount Arbel and the Arbel pass, which
would have been the road between the lake and lower
Galilee where Nazareth is.>>So, these men,
these were common men, the four we read about,
they were fishermen. They have this very
average every day job and those are the
types of people that Jesus called
to be His apostles. What type of fish would
they have been fishing for?>>Well, most likely they would
have been fishing for tilapia, which is a common fish you can
pull out of the lake today. They even serve it here in town. You can actually purchase what
they call “St. Peter’s fish.”>>How about we go
try some of that?>>That sounds great.>>Those fish are huge.>>This is tilapia. Tilapia comes out of
the Sea of Galilee here and it’s commonly served
in a lot of restaurants around here as “St. Peter’s fish.”>>Now, is it always served
and prepared this way?>>Well, you can get it with
filleted and things like that, but it’s more fun
to eat it like this.>>Okay.>>That is really good.>>Very good.>>I have never eaten
fish like this before.>>I love coming to Capernaum.>>Capernaum is one of the
favorite places to go in Israel and the reason is is because
so many things with regard to Jesus life happened there. So, it’s a great place to
go to, it’s a great place to visualize exactly
where it sits on the sea. And when you stand there on the shore you can actually
visualize a little harbor there that boats went in and
out of and no doubt Peter and his fishing partners
did all the time.>>When you think about it
from Jesus’ perspective, this is the first
place that Jesus goes from His family’s
home in Nazareth. This is His home. This is where He’s
meeting people, this is where He spends
the majority of His time. This is the place where
His family comes to get Him at one point, thinking
that he’s lost His mind. And this is the place where
He explains, “Look, my family, my mother and my
brothers are the ones who do the will of my father.” So, it’s a special
place to Jesus, even though eventually it’s a
place that He ends up condemning because of their lack of belief. One of the standout features of Capernaum is the fourth
century synagogue, built on top of the foundation of the
first century synagogue that Jesus would have used. And, so, you know right
underneath your feet this is a place where Jesus taught. This is a place where Jesus
read from the scrolls. This is a place where
so many things happened. And even though you are not in the space you’re
above the space. You know that’s the area. So, there’s just —
there’s so much to Capernaum for anybody who’s been
reading their gospels. When Jesus was rejected at
Nazareth He came about 25 miles over the north side of the
Sea of Galilee to Capernaum.>>That’s right.>>And He makes Capernaum
His hometown. We’re standing right now in
a fourth century synagogue, what’s significant about that?>>In Luke, the 7th
chapter it reads, “After He had finished all
the sayings in the hearings of the people He
entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant
who was sick and at the point of death, who was
highly valued by Him. And when the centurion
heard about Jesus he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking Him to come
and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus,
they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy to
have you do this for Him, for He loves our
nation and He is the one who built us this synagogue.'” So, we are standing in a
fourth century synagogue, but it’s on the foundation
of a first century synagogue, the synagogue that’s mentioned
here in Luke the 7th chapter.>>We know from Mark that
this is one of the synagogues that Jesus came and taught
in over in Mark, chapter 1, where people were just
amazed at His teaching.>>Yes.>>Because He taught as
one who had authority. And they were just so impressed
with what he was saying and how He was saying it. There’s just so many
things that happened here. And you mentioned there’s
significance to the port here.>>That’s right. Jesus used the port here,
Capernaum a number of times as he traveled across
the lake going to different places
He needed to go to.>>Standing here in this
synagogue it’s really easy to visualize what
it would have been like to have the synagogue
be the center of the town.>>Sure.>>And really easy to visualize
what life must have been like. You walk out through the door
and you can see the remains of the city, you go
down towards the beach, which you could have seen
from here as it goes down.>>That’s right. This synagogue here
would have been just like many other synagogues
in the region in which as you exited the door,
always faced Jerusalem.>>Okay. And the first century
synagogue would have been made out of Basalt stone, so it wouldn’t have been
this white that we’re seeing.>>That’s right.>>It would have
been a darker black.>>That’s right.>>Volcanic rock. It’s a really neat layout,
a very consistent layout.>>It really is. From city to city, town to town, they had the same
type of synagogue. They may have little small
differences in sizes, but they would have been
the same basic layout.>>Okay.>>So, what you have here are
little prayer notes in the wall. People will come through here
and they’ll write down a prayer on a little piece of paper
and stick it in the wall. This is reminiscent
of what they do in Jerusalem at the
western wall.>>Right.>>And, so, the thought is
that prayers that were put into the wall would be
sent directly to God. Because they see this as a
holy site or a sacred site.>>Right.>>Looks like they’ve picked
up the practice in Capernaum.>>I mean, these pieces of
paper, some of them are so tiny that when they are cramming
them into these little nooks and crannies and cracks.>>Every little available
space would be taken up.>>One of the things that makes
Capernaum special is it’s a place that’s been developed
and preserved really well. I mean, you can see the outlines
of the first century streets, the alleyways, of the houses. One of the features there
is this very rich tradition identifying Peter’s house. The probably location
where Peter lived, where Jesus would have
healed Peter’s mother-in-law. A very strong reliable
tradition, but to be able to look at that spot and think,
“That probably happened there.”>>It’s a little odd when you
first see it, because about 20, 25 years ago they actually
built a church building over it. And, so, what you have
underneath there are the remains of a Byzantine Church. And down at the bottom
are the remains of a first century dwelling. So, the thinking is is that,
well, if the Byzantines so many centuries ago thought
there was some importance to this place, this may
be the house of Peter.>>There’s a verse in
the gospels that talks about how Jesus taught in
the synagogues in Galilee. This very vague — there
are multiple synagogues, multiple towns, we
don’t know specifically which one Jesus taught
in, but Capernaum we do. We know that Jesus taught in the first century
synagogue in Capernaum. So, to have that
specificity and standing right above it is just — it’s unique,
it’s special, it was beautiful.>>In this episode of Following
the Messiah we’ve tried to focus on the men that Jesus
called to be His apostles. He called ordinary men
with ordinary occupations, these fishermen, this
tax collector in order to accomplish the great goal
of spreading the message about the coming kingdom
of God, that it had arrived and that Jesus was here. Jesus and the gospel they
do the same thing today. They call ordinary people. What Paul says over in
1st Corinthians 1 is, He doesn’t call the
most popular, He doesn’t call the strongest,
but He calls the foolish, He calls the weak,
He calls those that the world wouldn’t
necessarily recognize or choose first, but those
are the kind of people that respond to the gospel. They become what they need
to become because of Jesus. The same is true of you. God wants to use you for
extraordinary purposes for His kingdom, for
His glory, for His name. The question is: are
you going to respond to the gospel call in your life?