Romans 5:6-11 (New International Version)
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
I read these words on a young woman’s personal Web site: “I just want to be loved-and he has to be amazing!” Isn’t that what we all want–to be loved, to feel cared for by someone? And so much the better if he or she is amazing!
The one who fits that description most fully is Jesus Christ. In a display of unprecedented love, He left His father in heaven and came to earth as the baby we celebrate at Christmas ( Luke 2). Then, after living a perfect life, He gave His life as an offering to God on the cross in our behalf ( John 19:17-30).
He took our place because we needed to be rescued from our sin and its death penalty. ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Then three days later, the Father raised Jesus to life again (Matthew 28:1-8).
When we repent and receive Jesus’ gift of amazing love, He becomes our Savior, Lord, Teacher and Friend. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 ). Looking for someone to love you? Jesus loves us so much than anyone else possibly could. And He is truly amazing!
Amazing thought! that God in flesh
Would take my place and bear my sin;
That I, a guilty, death-doomed soul,
Eternal life might win!
The wonder of it all–Just to think that Jesus loves me…..