The Visitor

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. After Sunday School, the visitor went into 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 scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied, “I took your place.”

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17 thoughts on “The Visitor

  1. A marvelously humbling parable. Thanks for sharing. An even greater blessing, it’s easy to remember. Great ice-breaker as well.

  2. Praise be to You, Lord Jesus Christ! May I always welcome visitors wherever I may be, and wherever they may be, in Your holy name! Amen!

  3. This is wonderful testimony n inspiration. I only with the previous complainants also heard and saw him at that last time so that they realize its bad to call such things “my”.

  4. i remember growing up my late gran always taught us to never send a stranger away when they come knocking on ur door for a slice of bread or something to eat. she always use to say ” it might just be JESUS U TURNED AWAY FROM THE DOOR”

  5. Takes me back to childhood when I was an altar server at St Charles, Newton (nr Glasgow, Scotland). Almost no cars around our area then (working class, mining community) but some people were very previous about “their place”. There are more than enough places for all in God’s house because He took our place. Amen

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