Wednesday, May 16, 2012
My uncle recently went on a trip to the holy land. On that trip they journeyed to Caesarea Philippi. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” -Matthew 16:13 (NABRE) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” -Matthew 16:15-19 (NABRE) The rock in Caesarea Philippi was an ancient roman city where the Greek god Pan was worshipped. Pan was a Greek fertility god that was half man , half goat. The cavern in the rock was an opening that was said to be the entrance of Hades. It seemed to them, a bottomless pit. The roman city that once stood on this rock no longer exists. But the gates of hades still haven’t prevailed against the church Christ built. Until I get photo capabilities on my site, you can google image the rock in Caesarea Philippi. It's a giant mountain with a cave entrance. The cave entrance was used for human sacrifices to pan.