The Banias Spring emanates at Caesarea Philippi. At center of our photo you can see the Grotto of the god Pan.
Jesus was in this area during the latter part of His earthly ministry, in that time-frame when He was trying to spend more private teaching/training time with the apostles for the great evangelistic work for which He had chosen them. Text–Matthew 16:
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
Downstream are the Banias Falls, one of the primary sources of the Jordan.
Also while at Caesarea we saw some figs today.
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Very nice picture of a significant spot in Jesus’ life.
The picture of early figs (brebas) before Passover illustrate what Jesus was looking for in the incident of cursing the fig tree (Mk. 11.12-14). The statement by Mark “it was not the season for figs” needs to be taken holistically in its typology and larger theological purposes.