One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked hisÂ car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver toldÂ him, “I always park there. You took my place!”
The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat, andÂ sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated,Â “That’s my seat! You took my place!” The visitor was somewhatÂ distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.
After Sunday School, the visitor went into the church sanctuary andÂ sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where IÂ always sit. You took my place!” The visitor was even more troubled byÂ this treatment, but still said nothing.
Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them,Â the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scarsÂ became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from theÂ congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?”
The visitor replied, “I took your place.”
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Jesus died for us. He took our place and died for our sins on the calvary.
Live this new life that He gave us, expressing our gratitude to Jesus for taking our place.