But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
‭1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭9-10‬ NIV

Today we saw the Scale Model of the ancient city of Jerusalem, visited the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea scrolls), walked the Palm Sunday path to Gethsemane, paid a visit to Petrus Galicantu (Caiaphas’ house, where Jesus was imprisoned before the crucifixion), walked the Via Dolorosa (re way of sorrows, along which Jesus walked, carrying the cross on Good Friday) and ended the day at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

One of the things I love about the theologically significant places we have visited is the way that Christians leave their marks in these places. Wherever we have gone, we have seen crosses carved into stone, candles lit, and prayers written out.

At the church of the Holy Sepulcher we saw how Christians had pounded nails into the door. I love this need of people of faith to leave their mark on the site as Christ has left His mark on us.

The point of everything Geoff and I do at St. Andrews is life-change. That people would experience the overwhelming love of God in a way that makes them think, feel, and LIVE differently.

My prayer is that in Christ, God is leaving his mark on you and that because of his mark on you, you will leave your mark on the world.

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