Imagine the love of our creator. He created the universe. Both the Hubble and Webb telescopes remind us of how monumental of a feat creating the universe really was. We see galaxies and nebulae now that the light we are seeing was produced thousands of years ago, imagine. Then think of the lengths that same God went to make this earth and all that is in it, Finally, God created people, His crowning achievement, to have fellowship with Him. People were the valued treasure of all that God created.
Still, not long after, people broke from God’s plan. They, in free will, decided to compete with God rather than to trust and follow Him. Sin entered the world. No matter the efforts to right the ship. fellowship between God and men was severed and men grew steadily eviler. God sent the flood, set apart Israel, sent the prophets–all in preparation for what He knew to be the final solution. The only way our Creator could restore the fellowship was to make the sacrifice Himself.
The question then became WHEN? Most would have waited until people at least became good enough to deserve such a sacrifice. Most would have weeded through the sinful lot and set apart the more enlightened crowd. Once they were set apart, then maybe make sure they would remain enlightened so that once made, the sacrifice would be for those who deserved it.
Not so with God. Romans 5:8 is one of the great realities of the Bible. God demonstrated His love for us “In that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” God not only knew when the sacrifice would need to be made, but He also knew we would never become those enlightened souls who deserved His sacrifice.
As a dad, I get it. We love our kids and make sacrifices despite their choices. Imagine that. If we as sinful and despicable people would make sacrifices for our kids, how much more would a perfect and Holy God do so for His beloved creations. We are the beneficiaries of the most unconditional love that could be demonstrated. We, as His chosen, still take every opportunity to try to be independent of this beloved Father. Still, while we were and are yet sinners, Christ died for us. His only desire is that we accept His gift of salvation and trust Him to lead and prepare us for an eternity with Him.
We should be thrilled and accepting of the gift. Still, many are not. Help me Lord, to daily accept your gift and leadership as I journey toward an eternity with you.
God Bless You
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.