04/07/19 PHOTO: Homeless Jesus statue.

I do not know the author of the following, the source, or the why of the writing.  I just found it amazingly appropriate for this 40 days of Lent, this time to pray thankfulness for a Savior given through love shown by a living God. 

You Took My Parking Space at Church

One day a man went to visit a church.  He got there early, parked his car and got out.  Another car pulled up near, 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.’

Billy Graham once said, “The message of the Bible is Jesus Christ.”  A dear friend shared with me the extension of this remark:

In Genesis, Jesus is the Seed of the woman;

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb;

In Leviticus, He is the stoning sacrifice;

In Numbers, the Smitten Rock;

In Deuteronomy, the Prophet;

In Joshua, the Captain of the Lord’s hosts;

In Judges, the Deliverer;

In Ruth, the Heavenly Kinsman;

In the six books of Kings, the Promised King;

In Nehemiah, the Restorer of the nation;

In Esther, the Advocate;

In Job, the Redeemer;

In Psalms, our Strength;

In Proverbs, our Pattern;

In Ecclesiastes, our Goal;

In Song of Solomon, our Satisfier;

In the Prophets, the coming Prince of Peace;

In the Gospels, the Christ who came to seek and to save;

In Acts, Christ risen;

In the Epistles, Christ exalted;

In Revelation, Christ returning and reigning. 

The only “mine” in life is my heart and soul, and they must be given to God through Jesus, be His home in the life given me, the life guided by Him, and the life forgiven in Jesus Christ.  That belief becomes my spot in heaven – assured.  submitted by Dave Smith