Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Ro 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Ro 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God shows His love for us, not in words but in deed, by an act of such unspeakable grace that we just really don't take it in.
God came down to man, took on flesh, suffered the insults, mockery, the torture, and agony of the cross. And He did it for the very ones who tortured Him. There can be no greater proof of God's love for man.
Christ died for us the text declares. That alone is proof of His love. But the power of His love is multiplied in the fact that He died for us while we were yet sinners.
I think sometimes we forget just how helpless and hopeless we were and are without Jesus.
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Justice called for a payment for sin. God loved us, but He couldn't break His own Word: Without the shedding of blood there is no remission, the wages of sin is death.
Either we had to die or Jesus had to die. Jesus died in our place. He died for our sin. Jesus didn't die so God could love us. He died because God loved us. No one took His life. He laid it down to rescue us.
Our definition for the word salvation is rescue. I like the word rescue.
When I was a teenager, I was in a very bad accident. I hit a car head-on. I was riding a motorcycle. Both of my legs were broken, one arm was broken, my pelvic bones were crushed, my head and face cut up, internal injuries, etc. I was not saved at that time.
I remember lying by the roadside helpless, watching my blood run off the road into the ditch, life pouring out of my body. There was nothing I could do. I remember my natural rescuers, the men on the squad, working frantically to help me. I had to trust them. I remember how helpless I felt. The Lord was merciful to me then and brought me through.
I also remember years later I had not been in a wreck. I was a wreck.
The dictionary defines wreck as anything in a state of ruin.
I was a ruined vessel, trapped by the devil, and bound by addiction. Like the lady with the spirit of infirmity and just like the day I laid by the road with my life running out, I could in no way help myself. Man could not help me either, so I cried out to the One who could: Jesus. And by the power of His cross, and the power of His Blood, I am made free.
Everything He did He did for us. He died that we could live. He was made to be sin but was without sin that we could be made righteous with His righteousness. He suffered our shame, so that we might share in His glory. He was condemned that we could be justified.
Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.
Friend, He died so that you and I could live and be free from the bondage of sin.
Colossians chapter 1 tells us that through the Blood of Jesus we have been delivered from the power of darkness, redeemed from the curse, and forgiven of our sins.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Titus 2:14 tells us that Jesus gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
He gave Himself. He delivered us from the bondage by paying the price, His Blood. That is love demonstrated.
God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
On the walls of an insane assylum were scrawled the following words by some unknown patient:
Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made
And every blade of grass a quill and every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God to man would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky.
Inside one of the darkest places on earth someone was touched by the love of God.
The love of God is greater than my troubles or yours. If you doubt God's love look unto Jesus.
What more would you have Him do?
An unusual survey was done a few years back. Participants in the survey were asked this question:
"What 3 word sentence would you most like to hear or have said to you?"
The top 3 answers, I think, pretty much sum up the need of mankind.
1. I love you.
2. I forgive you.
3. Supper is ready.
That pretty much sums up our needs don't you think? We need to be loved, we need to be forgiven, and we need provision. God meets all these needs.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39:
Ro 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Ro 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
While nothing could separate us from God's love, sin separated us from His presence.
If you have not come to the Blood of Jesus, if you have not asked for His redemption, if you have not followed the plan of salvation, then sin is separating you from God. He loves you, but you are away from that love.
And if you die in that condition you will be separated from God forever. And you will share eternity with the devil in the place called hell that was created for him and his angels tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). It won't be because God didn't love you, but because you refused or ignored His love.
I have preached to you the love of God. Will you accept it or reject it.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
Jesus has come and paid the price and provided all that is needed for your rescue.
Will you receive it today? It's up to you.
You can be free from this day forth.
Why not call out to Jesus today?