Caesarea Philippi (pictured), or Banias as it is also known, is about as far north as Jesus could have travelled with his disciples. It is one of the most pleasant, peaceful, relaxing places we visit on our pilgrimages. There are remains of a shrine dedicated to the pagan god Pan, associated with the wild, shepherds and flocks …
There may be many reasons why Jesus brought his disciples there before heading back to Jerusalem. There may be a statement suggestive of death and pointing to the realm of Hades. When you visit this place in the rainy season, you see an abundance of water, literally gushing out of the rocks. The Golan Heights nearby, is the source of the Jordan river that flows south to the Sea of Galilee and carries on its way to the Dead Sea. If Peter is the rock on which the Church is built, Jesus is the ‘living water’ which irresistibly and abundantly gushes out of the rock.