Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Great Commission - Mount Arbel?
Some people believe Mount Arbel was where Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission - “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Mount Arbel is on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, rising gently to the north of Tiberias. We could see it to our west when we got in a boat and cruised around the Sea of Galilee. We could also see that it drops off almost vertically on its northern side.
Later on, when we got to the top of the mountain and walked gingerly (as least I did) towards the edge of the cliffs, the views of the Sea of Galilee and the plains were truly dramatic and impressive.
What is more important, of course, is the commission itself. It is from here, or another mountain like this nearby, that Christians spread the good news to all nations. The process is not yet complete. But one day it will be.