The Wish: To be able to walk in Bethsaida, where also Jesus walked and to share communion there with my Life Group. The name Bethsaida is of Aramaic origin, meaning the "fishing house" or "the house of fishing". This is the village into which the disciples of Jesus, Peter, Andrew, and Philip and perhaps the Zebedee brothers were born and raised. This is the place that was visited by Jesus and witnessed his mighty works. And against this backdrop, it is clear to understand the call of Jesus for his disciples to become fishers of men.
The Naked Archaeologist, "Bethsaida & The Cross"
In 1994 archaeologist found a large piece of shard in a fisherman’s house with a cross clearly engraved on it. This received world attention. Now archaeologists scarcely mention it. In that same fisherman’s house they found numerous anchors and fishing equipment and a kitchen with a stove and a grinding stone and implements for making wine. The occupant of this house had his own wine cellar.
I the town of Bethsaida in the Galilee where Jesus and his disciples hung out, and archaeologically dated to that time. But the cross did not become a symbol for Christianity for another three centuries. The Naked Archaeologist investigates what this cross is doing here, and what its original meaning might have been, which could change our understanding of the Jesus movement. https://youtu.be/nXFL6PBdo5Y
Bethsaida: Jesus cursed Bethsaida since its Jewish residents did not follow his teachings (Matthew 11 21: "Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes". Indeed, the cursed city was destroyed during the 4th CenturyAD.
Interesting wish, eh?
from Sir Richard
With LOVE to you all and all that heaven will allow!