For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Welcome back to Delving into the Scriptures! Today we will look at Romans 5:6-11 – and specifically verses 6-8, which really covers one of the key points in the Bible!
And what is that key point? That Christ died for us, to take the punishment for our wrongdoing upon Himself, that we might be right with God. But there is a lot more we can glean from this passage…
Firstly, we were ‘without strength’. We had nothing in us – we were sinners who were separate from God. Therefore, there was nothing we could do to get us out of that position – we were eternally separated from God because of the things we have done. There was not a single thing we could do at that point to reconcile ourselves – that is without strength.
Secondly, it was in ‘due time’. This can also be translated as ‘at the right time’ – so Jesus came at the right time for this to be done – not in our time, not when we thought it was right – but at the right time. We can compare with Jesus words in Mark 1:14-15 “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”. Or also Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
So Jesus came at just the right time – there was not a single better time for Him to come than when He did.
And lastly – God loves you! Because though we were powerless in our sins – Jesus arrived at the exact right time to fulfill the law and save us from our own sins. And He did it to demonstrate His own love to us. He showed His love, care and compassion – not just a love in words, but a love in action.
So many times we see in the Bible things which go against our ‘natural’ person. Who on earth would choose to die for someone else? And look at it from God’s perspective – we were not just someone else, but someone in sin, who had basically snubbed God and gone our own way, done our own thing, all against the things that He wanted. To our own minds – he could have rightly left us to ‘rot in hell’ as the saying goes! BUT NO!
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Isn’t that just crazy? But it is just the thing we needed to move out of our sin – and back into right relationship with our God. Again I ask you – doesn’t that warrant a response from us? What do you think your response should be?
Lord God, thank you again for your Son. Thank you for the work you did for us – at the right time – whilst we were powerless. Teach us to understand the enormity of what that means. Teach us to be thankful and worship you as you deserve, In Jesus Name. Amen.