5 Christian Sites in Jerusalem You Should Know About

Jerusalem is famous for the standard sites tourists visit. The Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Holocaust Museum, and the Israel Museum top the list of many visitors to Jerusalem.

5 Christian Sites in Jerusalem You Should Know About

(Photo: Sunrise over the Holy City of Jerusalem. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Pilgrims, sightseers, and worshippers from three major religions journey to the Holy City every year. Because Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all see Jerusalem as a Holy City, it’s tough to designate many of the Christian sites in Jerusalem as distinctly Christian.

After all, Christianity has its roots in the faith of the ancient Hebrews. Jesus was a Jew, and so, many Jewish sites are therefore also connected to Christianity.

Even still, I have selected ten Christian sites in Jerusalem that have a direct, historical connection to the ministry of Jesus.

In this post, I’ll share with you the first five of these Christian sites in Jerusalem.

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Choosing God’s Mercy Instead of Justice

I have a friend named Brad who made the front page of the paper, because he almost drowned. His rescue was extraordinary. He set out with a small raft and his bike, intending to make his way to a nearby lake. As he walked through the woods toward the lake, there was nowhere to walk except through sludge. He eventually abandoned his bike and boat.

And when it got dark, Brad got lost.

Choosing God’s Mercy Instead of Justice

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He slogged through the darkness only to find himself eventually floating in the middle of Lake Lewisville. Being as skinny as a rail with zero body fat (what’s that like?), he was soon on the brink of hypothermia.

Brad told me he had always been one never to ask for help. And yet, in this crisis, he screamed at the top of his lungs: “Oh my God! Please help me!”

You know how he was he rescued?

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What's Your Mark?

What’s Your Mark? Every Moment Counts [Book Review] (Zondervan; Special edition, 2013)

This colorful book has more than great photographs. It carries with it inspiration for its reader.

Following the stories of how 21 very different people chose to step out beyond mediocrity and make their mark, Make Your Mark reveals that normal people can be used by God to make a difference. From well-known individuals like Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and Lecrae to lesser-knowns like Katie Davis and Gary Haugen, the believable takeaway from this softcover inspiration is that no matter who you are, you can make a difference.

The foreword by Jeremy Cowart says it well:

“This isn’t a book to celebrate the best in others as much as it is a book meant to call out the best in you. . . . It doesn’t matter who you are, how big your audience or your bank account, you can make a mark.”

Cowart is a photographer who captured each person’s portrait with him or her holding a frame of the “mark” they have made—and are making.

Stories of extreme sacrifice and love surface page after page. In between each mini-biography is woven the entire text from the Book of Mark—a nice touch. Especially since the key verse for the gospel mirrors the lives of those featured in What’s Your Mark?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

The book urges readers to visit www.shareyourmark.com and leave how they are leaving their mark.

For me, the book’s purpose seems to have helped me take the first step. After reading the little volume, I prayed: “God, how would you have me make a mark for your glory in my life?”

You can read the book in one sitting, but I doubt you’ll be the same if you do.

Tell me what you think: What one person has made the greatest mark in your life? To leave a comment, just click here.

How to Fix Your Relationship Problems

A father walked into the room to see his young son with his hand inside an expensive vase. The boy explained that he had dropped a penny in the vase. Now his hand was stuck.

The dad tried everything to free his son’s hand, but it was no use. It was wedged tight. Finally, the father grabbed a hammer to break the vase.

How to Fix Your Relationship Problems

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“Wait, Daddy!” the frightened boy said. “Would it help if I just let go of the penny?”

That story shows more than the mind of a naïve child. It illustrates the baffling priorities  we cling to—no matter how old we get.

You know what I mean. We often find ourselves at the breaking point of something valuable because we refuse to release something trivial. We cling to our pennies and break our vases.

And very often, those vases are our relationships.

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