One will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:7-8).
Early in ministry the Lord blessed me through the powerful testimony of the believing parents of a young woman killed by a drunken driver. I tremble still to remember accompanying police officers to their home to tell them of the loss of their only child.
Their grief was profound. In many ways I felt useless for the task of helping them. Yet, because the Lord had filled them with his Word, they grieved as those who had the confident hope of their daughter’s eternity and their family’s reunion in heaven.
Their faith was as profoundly displayed as their grief, when they crossed paths in a drugstore with the young man, awaiting trial, who had killed their daughter. Said the parents to the one who had done such damage to their family, “Trust in Jesus, and he will forgive all your sins.”
The words were the work of the Spirit of God – the Spirit sent to testify of Jesus. These dear parents spoke as the Spirit’s witnesses of the One who died for us while we were still sinners. Their testimony was his truth for all who trust Jesus.
Do not believe that your sin is greater than God’s grace. Jesus died to reconcile his enemies to God. His grace is greater than the greatest sin of the greatest sinner. Trust this Jesus!
Jesus, when I doubt that you could love someone like me, remind me that you died for sinners just like me. Help me trust that your grace is greater than my sin.