The Generous Gift of Jesus | Romans 5:8 | Devotional
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Our backs were turned on God. We wanted no part of him. We were not seeking God. We were seeking to fill our lives with the things that brought pleasure. Our heart did not fear God; we feared not getting what we wanted.
But Jesus did not wait for us to get our spiritual act together. He knew that, left to ourselves, we would never come to our spiritual senses. So, “at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died” for us (Romans 5:6). God demonstrated how much he loved us by sending Jesus to die for us in our sinful state!
J. Sidlow Baxter wrote,
“Christ died for us. Here is a simple sentence in four words. The first two words state a historical fact: ‘Christ died.’ The second two add the theological significance: ‘for us.’ The full four form the crux of the Gospel: ‘Christ died for us.’ Never did for short words hold a bigger or better message.” (Morgan, 100 Bible Verses, 60).
Father, thank you for demonstrating your great love to us by sending your Son to die on our behalf. We will never be able to comprehend the depth of such love. We will never stop praising you for it. In Jesus name. Amen.