For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one would scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–buit God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
One dared to die for radical sinners. Only One gave himself for the filth of the world that we can have garments of white. Only One can love so freely, so unconditionally, so fully. A death that smothered wrath and brought us mercy. A death that was predestined before the ages to bring sons and daughters to the Father. Mediating peace and forgiveness, His death satisfied sheer holiness and accomplished complete righteousness–yes, a Lamb without spot or blemish, slain from the foundations of the world, who takes away the sins of the world. His name is Jesus–”the One who would save His people from their sins.”
He died. He arose. He lives forevermore. Each year, yea each day testifies to the resurrection of Christ Jesus and victory through suffering. My lips were crying, “Crucify!”, yet the one who would dare to die cried, “Father, forgive them.” Amazing love, how can it be? That you my God should die for me! Love so amazing, love so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all. May our hearts be riveted by the radical life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, Heaven’s Treasure, our Savior, and the One who lives forevermore.