A huge crowd lined the streets, enthusiastically cheering the marching soldiers in uniform who were about to ship out overseas. A young recruit, who had watched the crowd for some time, turned to the veteran next to him and asked, “Who are all those people cheering?” The seasoned soldier replied, “They are the ones who are not going.”

Christ went to the cross so that we would not have to pay the price for our sins. He paid the price for us. The only proper response is to gather together and cheer him. In a sense, that is what we Christians do when we gather each Sunday and celebrate communion.

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”—1 John 2:2.

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