One of the great churches of the world is St. Mark's in Venice. According to a rather untrustworthy tradition, Mark's body was transported in the ninth century from Alexandria, where he died, to Venice, where a great church was built as a resting place for his dust. Venice rose in all its splendor and beauty out of the marshes and lagoons of the Adriatic coast. The marsh became a great city. So Mark, at first weak, unreliable, and unstable, finally emerges in the last part of his New Testament history a pillar of strength, a finished character, all his past failures overcome by perseverance, faith, and the grace of God. He is one of those who "out of weakness were made strong" (Heb. 11:34).