As believers across the world focus on the last week of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth, the Verse of the Day for April 10, 2017 reminds us of the moral condition of the world when Christ made his sacrifice:
Romans 5:6-8 (NLT):
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the righbt time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
This passage makes known the absolutely depraved state of humanity “when we were utterly helpless” prior to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. “For when we were yet without strength—that is, powerless to deliver ourselves, and so ready to perish, in God’s perfect timing, that is “in due time—at the appointed season Christ died for us sinners.
The next two verses reveal God’s love which is demonstrated in three ways:
First, “Christ died for the ungodly,” whose character, so far from meriting any intervention on their behalf, was altogether repulsive to the eye of God;
Second, He did this “when they were without strength”—with nothing between them and perdition but that self-originating divine compassion;
Third, God displays or demonstrates His love “just at the right time,” as Paul goes on to explain the difference between God and man:
Most people would not be willing to die for an unrighteous person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. Paul is simply asking if an individual—a man of simply unexceptionable character will “anyone” be willing to die for? In contrast, perhaps for “a good man—a man who is distinguished for goodness, a benefactor to society. Logos Bible Software speaks of such a rare instance of self-sacrifice for one merely upright; though for one who makes himself a blessing to society there may be found an example of such noble surrender of life.”
The striking contrast between man and God is set with the phrase “But God. . .” But God “commends” or “sets off” or “displays” his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Such love is overwhelming when we recognize all that God did for us while we were in such a sinful state that God hates. Such love is gloriously displayed, as we reflect upon the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as we commemorate the last week of Jesus Christ’s earthly life.
This powerful passage is set to music “Christ Died for Us” – Romans 5:6-8 (Truth Songs EP)