For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6 – 8
What striking and wondrous words! I do not know of any verse that shows God’s great love for His people than this one. Christ says in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” There are stories throughout history of men dying for their friends. These stories are especially prevalent among soldiers. One example is Company Sergeant-Major John Osborn who jumped on a grenade during a Japanese attack in Hong Kong. He died saving the lives of his men. A man will die for those he loves. He will die for the righteous man, even for the good man.
But who wants to die for criminals and sinners? Who wants to die for those that hate him, and want nothing to do with him? God did. Christ died for us while we were ungodly and sinners! We hated him and would have rather continued in our sins then confess that He is Lord. Not only did He die for us, but He suffered the severe torments of hell for our sake. He did this so that He could earn a place for us in the sight of God and justify us before the law of Jehovah. That is the love of God! Nothing compares to it in history. Man has died so that his fellow man could continue to live on this earth. But Christ died so that we could live forever in eternity with God.
What thankfulness we owe God for this! Most of those classified as Christians today have no problem living a life that is similar to the world. But what person, who has received such a great benefit will want to keep doing the very things that God hates? A true Christian will live a life that is in conformity to the Word of God, because Christ has died for him while he was yet a sinner. Let us, by the grace of God, show our extreme thankfulness for the great love of God! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (Revelations 5:12)