One day a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, “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. The visitor next walked up to the church 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 said nothing. Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change.
Horrible scares became visible on his hands and his sandal feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and call out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied, “I took your place.”
The reason for the season is Jesus, who was born to take our place on the cross to pay the penalty for all sin.