On our second day of the tour we visited Caesarea which is a city that Herod the Great dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. It was the place where Pontius Pilate governed during the time of Jesus. This was where Simon Peter converted the Roman, Cornelius, the first non-Jew to believe in Jesus. Paul was also imprisoned for two years in Caesarea. During the 3rd century, Caesarea was a center of Christian learning. In the 4th century, the site converted to Christianity and became a major center of the Christian Roman Empire. It located on the Mediterranean Sea 33 miles north of Joppa and 60 miles northwest of Jerusalem.
The Roman Theater of Caesarea is a well preserved and fully restored theater built by Herod. It is notable for its modern use for concerts, its fine view of the sea and the inscription discovered here that mentions Pontius Pilate. The theater was built by Herod in 22 BC and was the first of its kind in Israel. It was continuously maintained throughout the Roman and much of the Byzantine eras. It has a seating capacity of 4,000 and was built using granite columns from Aswan.
The aqueduct, originally built by Herod in the first century BCE, was repaired and expanded by the Romans in the second century CE. It delivered fresh drinking water to Caesarea from springs at the foot of Mt. Carmel over 6 miles away.
As we left the Archaeological Park the bus stopped at the end of the road and we all got off to view the native plant which the Crown of Thorns that were platted on Jesus’ head by the Roman Soldiers. Little did they know that He Really was their King and ours.
By the way it was no accident that Jesus was crowned as King on Rosh Hashanah for the Kings, the New Year for the Kings. That day the kings of Israel were crowned.
It is known that Yeshua (Jesus) took upon Himself the sins of the world and removed the curse by His blood atonement. Now think of this crown – it is made of thorns. What is a thorn? The thorn was the curse on the earth! (Gen. 3:18) So Yeshua not only redeemed the curse upon mankind from the disobedience in the Garden of Eden, but with His blood upon the crown made of thorns – He also took away the curse of the earth!