6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Several years ago, one of my favorite songwriters/singers had a song that referred to the “reckless, raging fury that they call the love of God”. There were quite a few people at the time that took exception to characterizing God’s love as reckless. For many it seems the idea of recklessness goes against what we think God’s character should be like. But in reflection, it is a wonderful way to picture the love that God lavished on us. Think about it. Who in their “right mind” if you will would be willing to die for their worst enemy. Yet, God willingly sent His Son and His Son willingly laid down His life for you and for me, “while we were still sinners”. Even those who choose to spit in God’s face and curse His name, like the Roman soldiers and those who crucified Him, experienced the depth of this reckless love when He said from the cross, “Father, forgive them.”