6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Simply put God only asks two things of us: That we reciprocate His love, and that we love other people just as much as we love ourselves.
It is sin and mankind’s rejection of God that keeps people separated from the Creator. God could have easily done away with Adam and Eve, after they sinned in the garden, but not so. He could have easily destroyed all of mankind, during the flood, but He saw fit to give mankind a chance via Noah and his family. He could have easily sent Jesus to Earth to impose a physical kingdom, where the Ten Commandments would be enforced, however because of His great love God once again chose a different route.
The Old Testament accounts fully demonstrate that none of us could keep God’s laws. All of the offerings and sacrifices could not do away with the sin nature within mankind.
God with His good self, wrapped Himself in humanity and came as a humble servant. Jesus came, and did nothing but good. He turned the world upside down, and gave all of us a fighting chance by offering Himself as the “once and for all” sacrifice for sin.
The prince of Peace was beaten, spit upon, mocked, and nailed to a cross. His shed blood was the only atonement for our sins. Did He rail against His accusers…No! Instead He asked His Father to forgive them, for they know not what they do.
I like to think about it this way, that as he hung on the cross, Jesus looked forward through the annals of time, and saw each of us stuck in our various issues.
Whether we suffered from a tough life, and felt that no one loved us, or were enjoying all of the pleasures of this world; knowing that something was missing, but not knowing quite what it is. Yes, all of us were on the road to a burning Hell, but to God be the glory, Jesus’ obedience to His Father’s will gives us a road to redemption.
None of us deserve it, but we all should be grateful for His grace.
Let’s not take advantage of it, but instead purpose in our hearts to serve God with all our hearts.
We can never repay Jesus for all He’s done for us, but the best way we can say “Thank You” is by: accepting Him as our personal Savior, living a life that honors Him and demonstrates our love for God, and loving others enough to share the Gospel with them.
He was wounded for our transgressions,
bruised for our iniquity,
by His stripes we were healed,
as He hung there at Calvary.
He was lifted up from the earth,
in order to draw all men;
it was love that held Him there
and that same love covers our sins.
It wasn’t the nails that held Him to the cross,
He could have come down,
but the whole world would be lost.
The ransom was so high,
only He could pay the cost;
it wasn’t the nails that held Him to the cross
IT WAS LOVE.