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It Should Have Been Me

The great news about Easter is that it will completely change the way you see yourself! 

How do you see yourself? What do you think of you? Are you what you ought to be? Here’s the thing: when our image of who we are doesn’t line up with our sense of who we ought to be, our self-esteem takes a hit. 

You can fix this by unhitching your self-image from reality, or by changing your view of what you ought to be. Or, perhaps there’s another way that’s even better, more permanent, and more life-giving. 

The story of Easter confronts us with a reality about ourselves that we all try to deny: it should have been me on that cross. None of us want to accept that, but it’s the truth. The reality is that we are broken, fractured people who live as though we are each the center of the universe. We can pretend that isn’t true, but that won’t make it any less so. 

It gets worse. Not only are we not what we think we are, we are also not what we ought to be. Jesus set an impossible standard by living perfectly without sin. This is what our Creator expects of us, and none of us will ever live up to that. 

So what are we supposed to do? Are we supposed to just think badly about ourselves? Is God some cosmic sadist who delights in our low self-esteem?  

Or is the Easter story teaching us something different? Maybe we can learn a whole new way of looking at ourselves. Maybe that’s why Jesus came…to show us what our true worth is, and to lead us to a new reality. 

Join us on Palm Sunday (10:30 a.m.), Good Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (come early at 10:00 a.m. for a light breakfast in the lobby). We’re going to discover the truth about ourselves, and it could change you forever. 

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