Did you know Jesus spent most of his ministry in “The Evangelical Triangle,” a small geographical area between the biblical cities of Capernaum, Korazin and Bethsaida?
Before this trip, I hadn’t heard of the Evangelical Triangle, so touring that area yesterday brought clarity to the Scripture passages detailing Jesus’ activities in these villages. He chose to make his home in Capernaum, probably in the house of Peter, and made journeys to other communities around the Sea of Galilee from there. We visited the site of Peter’s house, the foundation of which is surrounded by successive octagonal church foundations. Early Christians thought the place special and chose to build their worship structures over and around it.
There is a modern Catholic church built over these foundations today where a worship service was in progress during our visit.
The memorable event of Jesus preparing fish and bread for his disciples’ breakfast (John 21) is commemorated at the Church of the Primacy of Peter.
It’s location right on the shores of the Sea of Galilee offered an opportunity for members of our group to wade in the water. The “Table of Christ”, a large stone upon which the storied breakfast may have been served, has been enclosed inside the chapel.
We didn’t only have to imagine what it was like for Jesus and his disciples to boat across the Sea of Galilee — we had an opportunity to do it ourselves! While on the water, our captain stopped the engines and Jeff read and commented on the story of the disciples’ fear in the midst of a storm that Jesus calmed in compassion and power. The words had added import as we felt the rocking of the boat and heard the splash of waves against the sides.
As Jesus traveled throughout the Evangelical Triangle, crowds followed him wherever he went. He taught them, healed them and fed them. The important Sermon on the Mount was delivered in this area, something we remembered and celebrated on the Mount of Beatitudes with a service of Scripture (from Matthew 5 – 7) and songs, certainly a blessed ending to a full Sunday.