but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Dying for Sinners?
Can you imagine dying for someone who is an enemy? That’s exactly what God did when He sent His Only Son to die for us (Rom. 5:10). We were sinners, even though we and our sins wouldn’t come for 2000 years, and yet He died for us. I can imagine dying for my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, but for sinners and my natural enemies? That is something I cannot even imagine, but that’s exactly what Jesus did for us. We might imagine dying for someone who is righteous, but a wicked sinner and an enemy (Rom. 5:7) and someone who’s ungodly (Rom. 5:6)? Think about that. God knows our every thought yet still loves us (Psalm 139:2). Jesus being God also knows our thoughts, yet He still chose to voluntarily die for us (Matt. 9:4). Can you even fathom that? I cannot.
Corruptible Redeemed by the Incorruptible
How amazing is God’s grace? How about taking us, as corrupt and wicked sinners (Rom. 3:23; 6:23), and redeeming us with the most costly of all things in the universe: the precious blood of the precious Savior, Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Our sins were as scarlet before God, but we were made white as snow and red as crimson. We were cleansed by the blood to be much whiter than pure white wool (Isaiah 1:18). The only reason we love Him is because He loved us first (1 John 4:19), so we can’t even take credit for loving God.
Now, take our old evil, wicked nature and replace it with Jesus’ own righteousness. For those who have repented and trusted in Him, God now sees us as having Jesus’ own righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). This is how we know what love is, by the fact that He laid down His life for us. So shouldn’t we be willing to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 3:16)? The answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding yes! We can have the righteousness of Christ by His death for us, so we should be willing to die to ourselves in the service of others. Now, we must take this most precious message to the lost and tell them, “Did you know that God knows everything about me and still loves me more than I can imagine? Do you want to know this Savior?”
A Closing Prayer
Father, my little finite mind cannot wrap around the breadth and width of Your great love for me. I thank You that You loved me first and loved me enough to send Your perfect Son to die for someone so far from perfect as to be ridiculous. In Jesus’ precious name I pray.
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