When I was younger and I meditated on the birth and life of Jesus and then contemplated his death, it made me extremely sad that an innocent man would be executed. It was emotional for me as if I was watching a sad movie.

But now I see it a little different. While what I was seeing was true I also understand the plan that God was fulfilling. Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

As our Lord hung on the cross, the crowd saw only one man on the center cross. But the Father saw not just Christ but you and me and all others who would put their faith in Christ. When we come to Jesus, God takes our old life from us (“I have been crucified with Christ”) and puts a new life in us (“Christ lives in me”). The Christian life is not a changed life; it is an EXCHANGED life. You give Christ your old life, and He puts it away in a sea of forgetfulness. And He gives you a brand new life, a new life in Christ. It is an awesome and joyous thought: “Christ lives in me!”

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