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. Romans 5:6-8
Paul used the first four chapters of Romans to explain that the only sure way to salvation was justification by faith. In chapter 5, however, he highlighted the benefits of justification.
Mankind stood condemned of sin before the court of a just God. The guilty verdict meant certain death. It was a hopeless situation, until Jesus stepped forward, took our place, and received our punishment. He did it because this was the only way to save us.
He bore our punishment in His own body upon a tree. He was despised and forsaken. Isaiah 53 gave us a glimpse of Jesus’ reward for choosing to become our substitute. The NET study notes, on Isaiah 53:3 likened the Savior of humanity to a seriously ill person, who everyone recoiled from because of his horrible disease. The Amplified version of the same verse tells us that He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.
Jesus knew what He had signed up for, but still He willingly came. Like a sheep before his shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth Isaiah 53:7. Instead He gave His life as a ransom for us, so that all who believed, by faith, could be saved. Our debt was paid, and we were declared, once and for all, blameless before God. Justification.
Jesus’ life was offered as the gift of salvation to everyone. This gift is still available today.
Those who accepts Christ’s gift, are justified by faith, and we receive the good stuff that Paul spoke of: peace with God, joy and reconciliation with Him through Jesus. We have the liberty to stand in this marvelous grace, which facilitates friendship with God. Because of this grace, we do not need to prove that we are worthy of His love, and we were granted permanent access to God’s majestic presence.
One cannot speak of God’s presence without mentioning the joy of His glory. When we truly experience God’s glory, all of our earthly achievements, our accolades, our positions, our trophies and our medals suddenly fade into nothingness. In the light of God’s glory, all our achievements are counted as loss. God’s glory brings hope. In Him, there is no disillusionment. The manifestation of God’s glory brings transformation, deliverance and it is all powerful. To experience the manifestation of God’s glory is the privilege of every believer.
There is more.
The love of God is now poured out into our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit, granting us the capacity to love God and to receive His love. If we could only understand this love of God that resulted in the finished work at Calvary. Because of God’s love, we can rejoice even in the midst of testing and trials knowing we are already victorious.
As we savor the benefits of God’s grace and His glory, let us be careful lest we become puffed up, or take for granted the accomplished work of the cross.
Remember, it was not because we were righteous, that Christ died. It was not because we were good, that He suffered the pain and shame of Calvary. No. According to Romans 5:6, we were the ungodly; quiet helpless, and powerless to provide for our own salvation. All was lost. We could not save ourselves, and we definitely could not save each other. However, at the right time Christ died for us ……even though we were still rebellious sinners.
We did not choose Him, He chose us. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” John 1:12. Because of God’s love, Jesus died so we could be reconciled to the Father even though we were unworthy. That is something to shout about everyday.
Prayer: Father. Thank You for the finished work done at Calvary, thank You for salvation. Help us never to forget the details of this act of love, but may we bow our heads daily in gratitude for Jesus’ sacrifice. Amen.