The Love of God

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

We looked Friday at the love of man.  Men will sometimes be willing to lay down their life if it means saving the life of one of their loved ones.  Men may even be occasionally willing to die for a “good man” as the text says.  But no man has the love the God has.  No man would be willing to do what Jesus Christ did for us.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

God did not wait for us to become “better people.”  God did not send Jesus to die for the “good people.”  God did not hold back His love for us.  He loved us so much that, “while we were yet sinners,” Christ died for us.  We (mankind) were evil, wicked sinners who had rejected God and who knew nothing of righteousness.  We had rebelled against Him and were “at enmity with Him.”  We hated Him and wanted nothing to do with Him.

It is to us, as God-rejecting, hateful, wicked sinners, that Jesus came to die on the cross.  God’s love is far superior to man’s love.  God’s love is so far above man’s love that we can not even fathom to compare the two.  We value our lives far more than we value the lives of most other people (especially the ones who hate us).  But God valued our lives even more than he valued His own.  What a glorious truth and what a wonderful Saviour!

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