I was standing near the check-out counter in the local hardware store, waiting for my mom to finish paying for the things she was buying. Suddenly, a stack of stickers lying on the counter caught my eye. I picked one up. It was one of those window stickers, designed with the sticky-side on the picture so you could stick it in the back window of your car. It had a large American flag on it with the simple words, "Never Forget." You see, it had just been a few days since September 11; the day the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and thousands of people lost their lives. In my young, patriotic heart, a strange feeling came over me. I felt like the world would never be the same because of what had happened. I took the sticker, vowing that when I got a car of my own, I would put the sticker in the back window. I can probably still find that sticker if I look hard enough through my stuff, even though it never made it onto the back window of my car. But the message emblazoned on its front is as poignant now as it ever was. Sixteen years have passed since that fateful day and the world has certainly never been the same.

Nearly two thousand years ago another event happened that would change the world. God sent His only Son into this world to live, die, and rise again. On a cross outside the city of Jerusalem, Jesus hung, his hands and feet pierced with nails, so you and I could receive the gift of salvation. The wounds He received that day will remain in His hands, feet, and side for the rest of eternity, so we will never forget the cost of our salvation. In the book of Zechariah we read that, "One shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends" (Zechariah 13:6). Many have forgotten about His sacrifice. Some have never heard. But the message emblazoned on the hands and feet of Jesus is as poignant now as it ever was. Two thousand years have passed since that fateful day and the world has certainly never been the same. Let's never forget that day.

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