“… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Is there anyone in this life that you would die for, perhaps your spouse or your children? But what about someone you didn’t know or someone you didn’t care for? That isn’t a really good comparison because God knows us all and cares for us all, but the catch is that He knows us with all our flaws and ungodly tendencies and yet still loves us. If there is someone that is at odds with me or dislikes me for one reason or another I will tend to avoid their company, not love them. Christ didn’t die for us once we loved Him, He died for us when we were either against Him or at the very least ambivalent1 towards Him. God loved us before we even knew Him and was willing to show us that love in a very tangible, physical way by becoming one of us and allowing Himself to be slaughtered for us.
Using the word slaughtered may seem over the top to some, but no cinematic depiction or painting has ever done justice to what Christ went through. Read Isaiah 52:14 and you’ll see what I mean: “But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.” 2 That is what Jesus Christ went through for you and I. There’s no way to sugar coat it. Do you realize that that punishment was meant for you? Do you understand what He did for you? Why has it not changed our lives any more than it has? I think it’s because we are too bound up in what we can experience with our senses. Our faith is limited for some reason. We fail to fully realize what God has done or is capable of. There is nothing that He cannot and will not do for us. The word impossible simply does not exist in God’s economy.
It’s true; while we were still separated from our Creator He loved us to the point of death. Not just any death, a truly gruesome, horrific death the likes no man has ever seen before or since. Bask in that truth. Know that your God loves you more than anyone ever has or will. Know that nothing can change His love for you. Let that astounding truth resonate in your soul and change you forever. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 uncertain or undecided [Collins Thesaurus of the English Language]
2 The New Living Translation; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 2006.