As Mike continues his travels, I am loaning him my blog to be able to let others hear his words and see the pictures.
For those of you new to this blog, Michael Schroeder has been my friend for 8 or 9 years through Wausau Whitewater. During this time, his Christian ministry has grown and I have been there to watch and whenever possible encourage him. This is truly the tour of a lifetime for Michael and I am hoping you will enjoy his perspective. If you want to hear his music, please go to www.michaelschroeder.com and visit his MySpace pages. Please comment… Thanks!
I have posted many of his photos from today, the rest are at www.rgsrecords.com
The day starts with leaving the Galilee heading south and west at times for stops in Nazareth, Caesarea, and Jerusalem by nightfall.
Passing through the markets up the street in Nazareth take me to the church of the Annunciation (right) said to be the place where Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would be the Savior’s mother. See Luke 1:26-38 .
Nearby a morning highlight (not pictured) was going to the site of the 1st century Synagogue in Nazareth that Jesus would have attended as a boy and returned to during his public ministry to deliver a sermon reading from the Prophet Isaiah fulfilling the very prophecy. See Luke 4:18-20. To be able to sing in this place was a moving experience for me.
A little further down the road is the city of Kafr Kana that sites on the ancient city of Cana the city where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning the water into wine. See John 2:1-10 Both the Greek Orthodox and Franciscans have churches marking the miracle.
Passing near Mount Tabor stated as the site for Jesus Transfiguration I stop at Megiddo which overlooks the valley of Jezreel . Throughout history many armies did battle here, and was in different periods, controlled by the Egyptians, Ahab and later Solomon to name a few. According to the book of Revelation the kings of the earth will gather here in this valley for the final battle between good and evil at Armageddon. Rev16:12-16. Acts
I visited the site of Mount Carmel on the Jezreel Valley also and the site of Elijahs contest. See 1 Kings 18:16-40 for who won the contest of who the true God is.
Leaving this area behin
d and heading west to the sea allows me to ride along the Mediterranean Sea south on my way to Caesarea. Beautiful is all I can say.
Not to be confused with the lesser known Caesarea Philipi I visited in the north,.. this city, the more well known Caesarea was built by Herod in the first century at this beautiful location on the Mediterranean Sea. He named it in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus. The city included a Theatre, Amphitheater, that is used today for theatre and concerts.
A Hippodrome,(Chariot racing oval),
And also temple, market areas, homes and public buildings. a couple of special findings are a inscription referring to Pontius Pilate as governor of Judea, and also the Cistern used as a jail to hold Paul for about 2 years before he was sent to Rome to stand trial. The city is mentioned often in Acts. (See Acts 8:40, Acts 23:23-33. Acts 24:26-27, 32. Acts 10:44-48)
I had a chance to sing in the Theatre here at Caesarea and the interesting thing about the way these theatres were built acoustically were so that whether on stage or in the seats people talking soft or normal can be heard clearly on the other side of the Theatre because of the acoustic design.
A short distance a way are the Roman aqueducts built to bring water to the city along the sea, next to the Caesarea beaches.
I arrived in Jerusalem around supper time for a view of the City before checking into my room for the night. Tomorrow will be spent part in Jerusalem and part of the day in Bethlehem. MS