READ : Romans 5:5-11
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (v. 8, NIV)
I sometimes find it easy to give up on trying to help uncooperative people. I shrug my shoulders and think, “They’re just not worth the effort.” Praise God that he is nothing like me!
Why did God bother to save us? After all, as a human race we committed mutiny against him. The apostle Paul says in Romans 5 that we were God’s enemies (v. 10). Just listen to the descriptives pile up here: weak, ungodly, sinners (vv. 6, 8). Wouldn’t it have been easier just to wipe the slate clean, eliminate us ungrateful creatures and start over? And yet God chose to save us.
One story has it that someone asked Jesus how much he loves us. “I love you this much,” Jesus responded, stretching out his hands and dying on the cross. The cross proves the limitless love of God. It’s hard not to admire a God who was willing to give up so much for rebels like us.
The cross also shows us how much we are worth to God, for all our rebellion and resistance. We are still people who bear his image and likeness. In the cross we begin to see ourselves and others as God sees us: as people of inestimable value, people who are worth expending every effort to save.
Lord, may my contemplation of your death transform my estimation of myself and the people around me.