When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”…Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 (NLT)
Some people believe Jesus left Galilee and journeyed north to Caesarea Philippi to escape the Jewish leaders who were constantly questioning Him, looking for a reason to kill him. The city was located at the foot of Mount Hermon where the Jordan River begins. It is a very beautiful and refreshing site because of the waters which flow down the mountain and through the area.
Herod the Great built a Roman temple here in honor of Emperor Augustus. When his son, Philip inherited the city at Herod’s death he renamed the place Caesarea Philippi. There are ruins of a couple palaces where they resided.
When I walked this earth I limited my power in many ways.
I restricted my real teaching to my twelve disciples.
My time for ministry was only three years.
You obey and follow Me.
I want to help you
Trust in Me!
I have given you much to bring peace.
It was in Caesarea Philippi where Jesus first tells his disciples He wants to build a church that “all the powers of hell will not conquer.” This is the church of which we are a part today. This was also the city where Jesus talked of his coming death and resurrection, though the disciples did not understand then why Jesus had to die.
After Jesus rose from the dead and the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they went on to “build His church.” Their writings give us the basis for Christianity. We, like the disciples can wholeheartedly obey Christ and put our trust in Him who truly knows best.