Ephesus is a particularly significant pilgrimage destination.
One of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
The site of the Third Ecumenical Council.
The destination and ‘home base’ of the Apostle Paul for an extended period.
The intended receiver of one of the most important letters written – The Epistle to the Ephesians.
We spent the day walking the ground at the excavated ruins of Ephesus. Standing at the amazing baptistery at the Basilica of St. John, we read from John Chapter 3 and renewed our commitment to Christ, responding to the six great questions:
Do you renounce the devil?
Do you renounce sin?
Do you renounce evil?
Do you turn to Christ and accept Him as your savior?
Do you put your whole trust in His grace and love?
Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
The Basilica was completed in 565 near the tomb of the apostle John.
This was the beginning of an amazing day.
After a meaningful visit to the House of Mary, which some believe to be the final home of the mother of Jesus, we made our way to the Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus.
They were spectacular.
The scale of this site was breathtaking. We read John’s word to the Church at Ephesus (Revelation 2.1-7) as we walked down the Roman road and looked over the agora. Sitting in the massive theatre, we reflected on the response to the Gospel in this ancient city as we read about Paul’s extended visit in Ephesus.
We toured the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, and took in the scale of this Wonder of the Ancient World.
An amazing day.