Caesarea Philippi (Banias) – Place of Confession
Caesarea Philippi, a major site of pagan worship, is the place where Peter had the famous revelation about Jesus, “You are the Christ!”
In the north of the country, way above the Sea of Galilee in the foothills of what is known today as the Golan, is a special place because it is the sources of the Jordan River. In biblical times it was called Caesarea Philippi. It is also called Banias but really Panias and therefore named after the god Pan who had a shrine built in his honor in the region (Mark 8:27-38).
After nearly three years of ministry, Jesus retreated to this region with His disciples. His public ministry was now over and from here onwards He concentrated on His twelve disciples or private ministry, and prepared Himself for what awaited Him in Jerusalem.
“Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.’ “