Dying for the Ungodly

ByKevin Kuzma

Dying for the Ungodly

One afternoon last week as I turned my truck into a gravel lot to park and walk off into the wilderness, I heard a radio pastor begin a sermon on Romans chapter five. He said something I’d heard many times before, but never registered — at least not to the depth with which it hit me this day. He said “Christ died for the ungodly,” which are words that come straight from Paul’s letter. I’ve read them before, but somehow they reached me fresh and new. I’m guessing it’s because of my many conversations of late with non-believers. Christ died for them (as well as believers, because we all sin), if not more so. Those simple words have changed the way I see people. And I can’t stop reading this passage, over and over again:

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For 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.”
— Romans 5:1-8

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