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Caesarea Maritima - LegacyFun Fact: For many years people debated whether Pontius Pilate was a real person. It was at Caesarea Maritima in 1961 where a stone was discovered with Pilate’s name in the inscription.

Caesarea Maritima is a coastal city on the mediterranean sea built by Herod the Great in 20 BC. This is where Peter converts Cornelius (Acts 10) and where Paul stands trial before Agrippa (Acts 25-26).  The city was built as a vacation spot for Roman soldiers and was modeled after a roman city. As its name suggests, Herod built in the city honor of Caesar Augustus himself which came with a dedicated Temple as well. Not only was this city an architectural masterpiece, Herod also built a 10km aqueduct from a spring near Mt. Carmel so the city would have running water. The city had a 5000-seat amphitheater, a breathtaking hippodrome, Roman baths, and sea port that was marvel even for its day. Caesarea Maritima was the zenith of Herod the Great’s architectural capabilities.

MasadaHerod’s architecture extended beyond Caesarea Maritima, however. Herod also helped renovate and beautify the second Temple in Jerusalem, he literally made his own mountain at Herodian, and he had a “winter palace” at Masada. There is no doubt that Herod the Great was an architectural genius. However, that genius and reputation was tarnished by a paranoid demeanor that would elevate him to a psychopath status.

Caesarea Maritima has a lot to teach us, not just from Herod, but also from Peter and Paul in the coming days. Caesarea is an archaeological treasure. But crawling around in the historical foundations of Caesarea Maritima lies a madman who killed his own kids and wife because he was afraid they would try to usurp his power. As John Dalberg-Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…”

As you think about your legacy and the life you’ll leave behind for those who love you, remember Herod the Great. Not to overuse Breaking Bad, but think about Walter White. Good intentions, good things, and good “feelings,” can all be tarnished by how you lived and ended your life. Even David, one of the greatest Kings in Israel’s history, didn’t have a good ending. With that in mind, how much more should we work on ourselves? How much more should we strive to leave a legacy that is focused more on Jesus and serving others?

Today is Monday and the start of a new (business) week. It’s the day most people say “today is the first day of the rest of my life” followed by a futile diet plan. I want to give you a diet plan for your heart. If you were to die right now, what kind of legacy would you leave? Who would people know you as? Will they know you as a negative nancy (sorry Nancy!)? Would they know you as a jerk? Or would they say, “That person was a lot like Jesus! They were patient, kind, loving, and even in the toughest situations found ways to be optimistic.”

Today you have a choice. I’m assuming most people reading this won’t leave a legacy like Herod. Nevertheless, take today to find out what areas of your life need improvement. Evaluate where you heart is. Then plan out ways to change the course of your life. The sooner you start, the faster the change, and the more likely you’re legacy to be one where God says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Bible verses to pray about today:

Matthew 25:21:  ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Joshua 24:15: But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-6:And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”

 

 

 

Click Here to learn more about Caesarea Maritima with an Israel Experience 360 Seminar.

Fun Fact: For many years people debated whether Pontius Pilate was a real person. It was at Caesarea Maritima in 1961 where a stone was discovered with Pilate’s name in the inscription.

Caesarea Maritima is a coastal city on the mediterranean sea built by Herod the Great in 20 BC. This is where Peter converts Cornelius (Acts 10) and where Paul stands trial before Agrippa (Acts 25-26).  The city was built as a vacation spot for Roman soldiers and was modeled after a roman city. As its name suggests, Herod built in the city honor of Caesar Augustus himself which came with a dedicated Temple as well. Not only was this city an architectural masterpiece, Herod also built a 10km aqueduct from a spring near Mt. Carmel so the city would have running water. The city had a 5000-seat amphitheater, a breathtaking hippodrome, Roman baths, and sea port that was marvel even for its day. Caesarea Maritima was the zenith of Herod the Great’s architectural capabilities.

MasadaHerod’s architecture extended beyond Caesarea Maritima, however. Herod also helped renovate and beautify the second Temple in Jerusalem, he literally made his own mountain at Herodian, and he had a “winter palace” at Masada. There is no doubt that Herod the Great was an architectural genius. However, that genius and reputation was tarnished by a paranoid demeanor that would elevate him to a psychopath status.

Caesarea Maritima has a lot to teach us, not just from Herod, but also from Peter and Paul in the coming days. Caesarea is an archaeological treasure. But crawling around in the historical foundations of Caesarea Maritima lies a madman who killed his own kids and wife because he was afraid they would try to usurp his power. As John Dalberg-Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…”

As you think about your legacy and the life you’ll leave behind for those who love you, remember Herod the Great. Not to overuse Breaking Bad, but think about Walter White. Good intentions, good things, and good “feelings,” can all be tarnished by how you lived and ended your life. Even David, one of the greatest Kings in Israel’s history, didn’t have a good ending. With that in mind, how much more should we work on ourselves? How much more should we strive to leave a legacy that is focused more on Jesus and serving others?

Today is Monday and the start of a new (business) week. It’s the day most people say “today is the first day of the rest of my life” followed by a futile diet plan. I want to give you a diet plan for your heart. If you were to die right now, what kind of legacy would you leave? Who would people know you as? Will they know you as a negative nancy (sorry Nancy!)? Would they know you as a jerk? Or would they say, “That person was a lot like Jesus! They were patient, kind, loving, and even in the toughest situations found ways to be optimistic.”

Today you have a choice. I’m assuming most people reading this won’t leave a legacy like Herod. Nevertheless, take today to find out what areas of your life need improvement. Evaluate where you heart is. Then plan out ways to change the course of your life. The sooner you start, the faster the change, and the more likely you’re legacy to be one where God says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Bible verses to pray about today:

Matthew 25:21:  ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Joshua 24:15: But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-6:And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”

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