A few minutes ago, I read the following verses…

John 6:1-3 “After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.”

In previous years, as I read those verses, I would have had no frame of reference. I would have had no answers to the following questions:

  • What did the Sea of Galilee look like?
  • What did the mountains around the Sea look like?

An overwhelming majority of the time that Jesus spent with His disciples was around this Sea. The time He spent in Jerusalem pales in comparison to what happened around this body of water.

So, what did it look like?

Kim and I went to Israel a few months ago. I took some pictures and video. I hope this helps you to get a better understanding of what it was like as Jesus spent time near this very special body of water.

This first video was taken from what is thought to be the “mountain” upon which Jesus gave His Sermon on the Mount.

This next video was taken while we were on a boat on the Sea of Galilee. As I aim the camera in the direction the boat was traveling, you can see the “mountain” upon which it is thought that Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.

In this next video, we were in the old city of Capernaum. About 30 seconds into the video, I zoom in on the Sea of Galilee to show that Capernaum (where the Apostle Peter lived and where Jesus spent much time) was next to the Sea.

In this final video, I just wanted to create a relaxing moment. As the boat traveled across the water taking us back to the dock, I simply aimed the camera at the water and slowly directed its aim higher as Christian music was playing in the background. This is the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called James and John to follow Him. Where He walked on the water! Where Peter walked on the water! Where Jesus said, “Peace! Be still!”

So much of what is precious to our faith happened in this place!