I think that’s what was missing back in the day when memorizing all those dates and dynasties, bastions and battles made history feel as dead as the civilizations that had come and gone. The only mystery at the time was how I managed a passing grade in World History.
On the other hand, the Sea of Galilee's “The Jesus Boat" has been and will always be, shrouded in as much mystery as history.
Did this boat witness the events sweeping over the Sea of Galilee in Jesus’ time?
Was this the boat that bore the Nazarene and his disciples to the surrounding villages to preach the gospel to the people?
That being said, there’s nothing like a good mystery (and some clever PR) to encourage investigation.
The archeological dig that followed news of their find, undertaken by members of the Kibbutz Ginosar, the Antiquities Authority, and numerous volunteers, was successful in extracting the boat, first from the mud, then from the water, with minimal damage. It was a delicate process that took 12 days and nights to accomplish.
The biggest obstacle was preserving the fragile boat while actually moving it out of the water. It was determined that polyurethane foam encasing the entire boat would offer a light material that would also serve as a wrapper in which the boat was free to sail to safe harbor.
Faith, on the other hand, consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. Thank you, Voltaire.
I believe in the mystery; that's my truth.
I’m not sure when I became a believer; perhaps it was during our own boat ride on the Sea of Galilee later that afternoon.
Watch the videos detailing the efforts to salvage "The Jesus Boat" and decide for yourself. I saw wonder and reverence in the messages shared by those involved. It was beautiful.
So, too, is faith.