Romans 5:6-11 (ESV)
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Have you ever considered the depth of the death of Jesus? That may seem to be a strange question to ask, but after reading these words maybe we should think more deeply about it. It is truly astounding to think of what we deserve as opposed to what God actually does. So much changed since that day He died. Jesus’s death truly altered our life here on earth and for eternity.
In this segment of his letter to the Romans, Paul begins to describe the magnitude of what changed. Paul highlights our weakness and God’s strength, our unworthiness and God’s grace. Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, has saved us from “the wrath of God.” That “…while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…” Paul describes the true status about our lives before a commitment to following Jesus. While harsh, this paints a more vivid picture of what separation from God deserves and what sin has truly done to our relationship with Him.
Jesus saved us, reconciled us, and truly gave us new life with His death. He repaired and made new that which was broken “for us.”
Lent is a time of repentance and reflection. Although we should be in continuous practice of both these habits, it is helpful to have this time each year to ensure that we are following up on what we proclaim as the reason for what we believe.
Heavenly Father, thank for sending your Son to die on a cross for my sins. Give me the strength to repent and rid myself of all things that separate me from you. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.