"You Took My Place!"
One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, then got out and began walking toward the building. Another car pulled up next to the "visitor", almost running him over. The driver got out of his car and yells to him, "I ALWAYS park there!!!! You took my place!"
But the "visitor" continued walking to the building so that he could attend Sunday school. As he went inside, he went to a room and upon entering, he found an empty seat and sat down. Fivc minutes later, a young woman approached him and berated, "That's MY seat!!! You took my place!"
The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome but said nothing. He politely rose up from the seat and allowed the young woman to sit down as he went to stand at the back of the room.
After Sunday school was over, the "visitor" went into the Santuary and sat down. A member of the church walked upto him and gruffly spoke, "That's MY seat!!! I ALWAYS sit there!!! You took my place!"
The "visitor" was even more troubled by this treatment but still he said nothing. He politely remained seated as the church member stormed off to another section to sit.
Thirty minutes later, as the church congregation began praying for Christ to make His presence known amongst them, the "visitor" stood up and "HIS" appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on His hands and His sandaled feet. Both hands and feet showed large holes in the center.
Someone from the congregation noticed and shouted to "Him", "What happened to you?"
As "His" hat became a crown of thorns and a tear fell from His eye, the "visitor" replied, " I took you place."
Galatians 1:4 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. NLT
Matthew 25:40 "And the King will say, "I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me."