For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person — though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.
There are times on the news where we read about a normal individual who happens into a circumstance. Say a car just broke through the ice and elderly person inside. The person who was walking by jumps to action and risks his life to save this person they don’t even know. This happens, but happens rarely.
Then there are the times where an individual risks their life to save the life of a classroom of children. Or maybe a bodyguard risks daily their lives for the sake of some important government official. These times happen, and possibly more frequently.
But when was the last time you read about a person who risked their life to save the life of a homeless vagabond that hadn’t showered in months, stank of urine and was never sober for one moment in the last 30 days. Have you ever heard such a story? Me either…except in the Scriptures.
You see, we are the drunken and homeless vagabond. In fact, we are worse because we think and pretend that we are so clean. When in fact we are filled with a world of desires living in our breast that would thrill the Devil.
Jesus went on one such rescue mission. God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Jesus comes to rescue us from the sins which he was crucified for; he comes while we are enjoying sin for a season and have no thought of God at all…this is love…to die for our rebellion while we are in our rebellion.
The next time you are driving in an area where you get to see the homeless begging on the street corners, think on substitutionary atonement. Picture yourself seeing a slow moving steam roller coming down the street behind you and heading right for the drunken and passed out beggar just a few feet in front of you. It is inches from slowly crushing him. You have one option; to run out and push him out of the way and slowly get crushed and killed in his place. Knowing this will happen to you before you get out of your car, do you go? Do you die a slow death for sake of the beggar who will never remember your sacrifice?
While we were helpless and in a worse condition than the beggar, Jesus died for us the ungodly…This IS love!