One day, a man went to visit a church.  He got there early, parked his car, and got out.
Another car pulled up near and the driver got out and said, “I always park there. You took my place.”
The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down.

  A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat. You took my place.”
The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

  After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down.
Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit. You took my place.”

  The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still he said nothing. 
Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up and his
appearance began to change.

  Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet.
Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?”

  The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye,

  “I TOOK YOUR PLACE.”                                              Selected

  Just think, that Jesus, the Son of God, died the terrible death on a cross to pay the penalty for sin, not His (for He had none) but for ours.  My sin, your sin, nailed Him there.  He took our place.  It is true, because we sin, we deserve death, separation from the presence of God. That’s hell.  But, Jesus took that penalty upon Himself. He went to hell for us.

I Peter 1:18 – 19: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Hebrews 12:2: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

  I love Him because He first loved me and gave me salvation by His death on Calvary. Say it, “He died for me.”

  Such salvation is offered to everyone who will trust in Him. “Whosoever will, may come.”                             



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