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We spend a lot of time wondering who we are. It is almost like there is an intentional efforts to skew our identities. And, there is. If we were to walk in who we should be this world, this life, would be dramatically different.

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People over time have looked at Christianity with a question: why a cross? Why would a loving god put anyone through that for someone else? It had to be a cross. It had to be the most horrific example of human cost, inevitable, public, painful, without repentance. The cross made a permanent marker, a line that could only be crossed once: death.

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You may have said a prayer like this: “Jesus, I accept the price you paid at the cross for my sins. I ask you to forgive me, come live with me, and let me live with you. Be with me this day and give me Your Holy Spirit. Amen.” If you meant that in the heart of your being, then you are “saved”. Now what?

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For many “home” is an ideal rather than a location. The location is an anchor for that moment in time where all was safe and right. It is a fond memory of parents, siblings, friends, and times collectively had as a family. For others, “home” was a place from which to escape. For some, there was no “home”, no sense of belonging.

Whether fond memory, a reason to escape, or a sense of never belonging, everyone is looking for that place where they can be settled, where they can belong, where they have a sense of “home”.

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It was nearly Passover. The city was stirred up. Roman security was at high alert. A Nazarene jew had been judged, beaten, and condemned to die a terrible death. The morning had been filled with throngs following the Nazarene carpenter teacher from one judgment to the next.
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In less than one week, the people of Jerusalem went from “Hosanna, hosanna!” on Palm Sunday to “Crucify him!” the day before Passover. How blind we can be to the presence of God. The prophesied messiah, God with us, was received and rejected in less than six days.

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Thought for today: God ain’t mad at you. He has forgiven all. The way to receive that is only through Jesus. He set it up that way. You cannot pay the price, cannot meet the cost of peace between you and God. Only God can and He did through His son, Jesus. Believe it or not.

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