January 16 - Romans 5:6-11

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Romans 5:6-11 – Reconciliation

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 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! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

It is often difficult to comprehend the power of the truth about what Christ did for us. We forget it so easily. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. He didn't die so we could be comfortable in church or set ourselves up as moral arbiters for others who are sinning. He died because of sin and for those who are caught in the midst of sin. He died for us when we are caught in the midst of sin.

Paul says that Christ died for the ungodly, the powerless. We can never forget this when we are on the other side of that moment we received his saving grace.

We can never forget that without Christ we are weak and frail. Our sin would rule us, causing our souls to continue to deteriorate. Without Christ, Paul says, we are God's enemies.

It is that work that Jesus Christ did on the cross that offered hope to the hopeless, strength to the weary, righteousness to the sinner, salvation from the wrath of God, reconciliation in the relationship we have with God.