“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” -Romans 5:6
What is required of man to obtain the joys of Heaven and the eternal fellowship with almighty God? You may just get a different answer for every one person you ask this question too. Most answers will have something to do with what man must do in order to be made right with God, and some may even balance the effort out on the part of God and of man; meaning that God does His part and man does his part and then they both can live in harmony. This is not the gospel. The verse above states clearly that we were ‘without strength’, that is when Christ came in the appointed time of His Father to die, it was when we had no strength. We were weak and could not do anything to save ourselves. Christ came in our place, a place we deserved, a place of wrath and punishment, and Christ died as a substitute for the ungodly. That’s right, God died for the ungodly! Not only were we without strength, but we were ungodly. It would only seem “natural” and “super hero” like if Jesus came to save people who were weak and needy, and who could not help themselves, and yet the verse says Christ died for the ungodly!
Have you grasped the implications of this yet? How often have you turned to God because you felt weak and without strength, but ran from Him when you felt ungodly? Our verse tells us that God planned “In due time” that His son, Jesus, Christ, the Savior, would come and die when we were both without strength and ungodly. His death was for sinners. Sinners like you and me. At times we feel ourselves to be weak and broken, needing grace and this we expect from our loving Father in Heaven, but there are times, more often the you or me would like, when we are just ungodly and rebellious, but need to remind ourselves, from the gospel that CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY!
Turn to Christ for every need. His death was the demonstration of God’s love for you (Romans 5:8). Whether weak or sinful, His grace is sufficient for all who come to Him seeking mercy and rest.