This Day in History: 0000-03-02

March 2 – Romans 5:6-11 

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. 

Our friendship with God has been restored! That’s what it says. Let’s take the opportunity to rejoice in that truth today!   

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us so that by His blood we could be made right with God. Precious friends, I fear we too often tend to take for granted what a mighty act of love that was. I think it’s likely because we fail to recognize the extent of our own waywardness. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to think of myself as a sinner. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what I am. Whether I’m willing to look my blackened heart in the face or not, apart from the redemptive work of Christ I am all together evil!   And so are you.  It’s imperative we acknowledge that truth so that we can then understand how desperate our need for a savior.  That sin left us hopelessly separated from God; utterly helpless, because the only way back to Him was for a perfect sacrifice to take the full weight of our sin and die in our place.  And who would volunteer to die for a sinner?   

But at just the right time, smack-dab in the middle of our utter helplessness, Christ came and died for us sinners! We were offered redemption.  He saved us from the condemnation of God, which we so greatly deserved, and took that terrible fate upon himself instead.  His precious blood spilled out upon anyone who will simply accept that covering, and restored us to friendship with God almighty!  Let’s rejoice, for we are friends of God!