Confession of Peter

We arrived at the ruins of Caesarea Philippi where Jesus declared “the rock.”

Where there is the cave there was a temple in the time of Jesus. It was associated in earlier times with child sacrifice.

One can imagine Jesus said Peter “you are the rock” and pointing to the temple saying “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.”

Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ~ Matthew 16:15-18

This is a source of the Jordan that flows down from the mountains of Lebanon.

The cave is the temple of Pan.

An artist’s rendition of what it might have looked like.

Temple of the sacred goat.