The picturesque view from the Mount of Beatitudes offers visitors more than simply something to see. Today our bus tugged up the incline toward the “mount” and took a few hairpin turns up the hill. Once on top, the road curved east and rewarded us with a marvelous view of a church that gazed out over thirteen miles across the Sea of Galilee.
The beautiful chapel supports a cross with a stained dome that towers over its structure made of gray cinder blocks. The building’s eight sides commemorate the eight “beatitudes” that began Jesus’ celebrated Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-10). The Mount of Beatitudes marks the traditional location of the sermon.
Here Chuck Swindoll gave a message on the Beatitudes and we sang songs of praise to God. It’s a great place to sit, read, pray—or just enjoy the view.
Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more clothe you? (Matthew 6:28–31).
The view from the Mount of Beatitudes provides a beautiful portrait of the Sea of Galilee. But it offered even more. The lovely surroundings afforded each of us a tranquil place to meditate on the truths that Jesus taught there. Away from the noise of traffic and the distractions of everyday life, there is still the beauty that illustrates truth.
Today, we also visited, Capernaum, Nof Ginosar (Jesus Boat), and Nazareth. Check them out below . . .
Continue Your Tour!
Learn more about each of these sites, including devotionals for each one, by exploring these links:
- Capernaum—Jesus Slept Here (And Why)
- The Jesus Boat—A Nof Ginosar Abandoned Ship Resurfaces
- Nazareth—Jesus’ Hometown with a View to the Past and the Future
- Nazareth Village—A Visit to Century-One Galilee
See My Pictures from the Tour—and on the Map!
Check out my pictures of our tour. I’m adding to the collection daily, so be sure and check each day’s post. Click the locations on the map below to see pictures from that site.
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