Romans 5:6-8—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.
Without Jesus, we were all destined for the wrath of God. Most people do not realize the desperate condition man is in when he is without Jesus. “The soul that sins shall die” not just a physical death, but a second-death of judgment also. Rebellion of the creature against his holy and perfect Creator demands nothing less than eternal punishment. That was the justice waiting for us, and there was nothing we could do about it. Only one person could help, and He did. Why should He have died for us? He is the Creator and we are the rebellious creation. If He was anything like us, He wouldn’t even have considered it. We might consider sacrificing our lives for a very good man. It’s not likely, but we might. But for a derelict that constantly rebuffed our kindness, mocked our concern, and doubted our intentions after abundant generosity on our part, we’d probably be glad to see him get his just deserts. Isn’t that what makes a great movie conclusion, when the bad guy gets what is coming to him? Thank God, Jesus isn’t like us. God made a public demonstration of His love for us with the cross. When man was at his worst, torturing and murdering the very One that gave them life, He was showing the extent of His love for them. The contrast so extreme! The hatred and selfishness we each have was manifested in those people, and yet He willingly laid down His life for them, for us. That is love that goes beyond what we can imagine possible in the very best man, and yet it was seen in the man Christ Jesus. That love was demonstrated for us to have life. It was demonstrated so that we would know we can never be too bad for Jesus. It was demonstrated to assure our hearts of the depths of the love and grace that God has for us.