Good News - (pt. 5)
In the first century, the Imperial Cult had extended its presence even into the land of Israel.
King Herod, aiming to honor the Caesar who bestowed upon him his power, constructed three shrines or temples within his realm.
In 1998, the exposure of ancient ruins due to a brushfire led to the discovery of the third among these temples in the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi.
In today's lesson, prompted by this newfound archaeological revelation, we delve into the historical occurrences when Jesus asks his disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" (Matt. 16:15).
Considering the existence of the temple dedicated to Caesar Augustus near Caesarea Philippi, it appears that Jesus intentionally guided his disciples on a journey spanning over 30 miles to impart a lesson about the challenges they would encounter while venturing into the Roman Empire to propagate the Good News of Jesus as the Messiah.
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