Romans 5:6-8 NKJV – He knew us and yet He still died for us

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

While we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us. We are without strength to do anything. God’s ultimate plan included His strength to be poured out upon us through His Son, Jesus. God again in this Scripture demonstrates His love for us. Jesus died “especially” for us who now call Him Savior and believe. We are justified through our faith and Jesus death actually achieved for us the reconciliation that was needed that we now have received.

Jesus Christ’s total giving of Himself shown by His obedient suffering and death on the cross, reveals God amazing love for sinners. This continues to motivate and inspire believers today. It inspires me every time I think of Calvary. We’ve all heard, “When He was on the Cross, we were on His mind.” That statement is absolutely true. Understanding of that statement is life changing. Understanding of that statement is liberating, delivering, restorative, redeeming, and releasing. It’s the cross that draws us to Jesus. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (John 12:32 NKJV) The Cross exerts a universal attraction, and people of all nationalities will be saved through it. The word “ALL” means all people without distinction. That’s you and that’s me. Just as we are.

Luke 19:10 (NKJV) says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” While we are stuck in the ways of the world, Jesus comes to seek us out; to pursue us and lead us into His glorious light. The Light of Jesus which pushes back the darkness of the world and enlightens us about who Jesus is. Jesus is the promised Savior. “From this man’s seed, according to the purpose, God raised up for Israel a Savior – Jesus. (Acts 13:23 NKJV)

Friend, as sinners (yes we all are sinners) we must respond to God’s offer of forgiveness through faith in His Son, Jesus. That “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” It’s a choice we have to make. A choice of eternal life in the presence of God or eternal death in the presence of the enemy. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NKJV) What choice will you make? If you don’t believe any of this, that’s your privilege. But I have to ask you this, “Can you take that risk?” or even “Should you take that risk?”

Dear Lord, we have no strength except through You. You loved us so much that You gave Your life for us. Thank You Lord for dying for us and taking the full load of our sin on Your shoulders to the Cross. Thank You that Your love continued to the end when You said, “Father forgive them for they no not what they do”. Draw us unto You Lord by the Power of the Cross. Soften the hardness of our hearts to receive You and Your undeserved grace and mercy. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Friend, if you feel something pulling at your deepest heart strings, it just may be the Holy Spirit wanting you to take that step of faith and pray for Jesus to forgive you. If that is you, I encourage you to pray this prayer. Remember, it’s not the prayer that saves you. It’s the sacrifice that Jesus paid for your sins and your faith that believes He died for you and rose from the grave to defeat your sin and your eternal death. If you believe and want Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray humbly and believing this simple prayer.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. You died for my sins and rose from the grave to defeat my sin and death. You loved me so much that You carried my sin to the Cross. I humbly ask you to forgive me and cleanse me from any unrighteousness. Today, I submit my life into Your hands as my Lord and my Savior. Guide and protect me as I walk with You. Thank You Jesus for Your everlasting love. In Jesus Name. AMEN

If you prayed this prayer, tell someone about it. Let a pastor know at one of your local churches and ask him or her, “What’s next?” I am sure the Lord will guide you to a church and direct your path. Be blessed my friend.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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