Reading: Romans 5: 6-8
Verse Six: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
To me, today’s three verses speak to the depth of God’s love for all of humanity. The key words are ‘love’ and ‘all’. It is an amazing, mighty, almost unfathomable love that would send His Son, knowing He would die a painful death. And speaking of unfathomable – Jesus died for sinners, for you and me, plus all those who hate God and those who deny God and those who refuse to acknowledge God’s existence… To die for the sinners we all are is one thing. To die for the haters, the atheists, the non-believers… is a whole other level of ‘all’.
Verse six reads, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly”. In His infinite wisdom, God initiated His plan to save us at ‘just the right time’. God’s hand is often at work in the world. Sometimes it happens in big ways, like this, and at other times God’s hand is at work in smaller ways, like the time that person said that thing to you at that time in your life. There is another truth in this verse. We are powerless. Before the cross humanity was trapped in our sin and held captive by death. But through the cross we find forgiveness and hope. As Christ conquered sin and death, He opened the way for us too. Through a personal relationship with Jesus we can claim salvation and eternal life.
In the next two verses, Paul returns to the idea of just who Christ died for. He notes that maybe some would die for a good man. I think some are even willing to die for a good cause. But no one would be willing to die for an enemy or for a cause they do not believe in. Jesus died for both. “While we were sinners” – separated from God – He died for us. That’s amazing, but it goes farther. Jesus knew we would continue to sin. He knew His death would not end sinning. But He died anyway. We, by our imperfect nature, are prone to sin. And Jesus died for each and every one of us anyway. Thanks be to God.