As we approach tomorrow's Good Friday observance, perhaps we ought to take it personally. Yes, Jesus died for His Church collectively, but He also died for each individual member of His Church. I certainly praise Him for shedding His precious blood on my behalf.
When I stand before the Lord's Judgment Throne, I won't rely on my local church affiliations, my history of ministry work, or even my study of Scripture for my justification. In dying for me, Jesus provided both the only defense I need and the only defense His Father can rightly accept. And what could be more personal?