5: Christ suffered and died to show the wealth of God’s love and grace for sinners

This is part 5 of 50 in a series based on the book ‘Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die’. Read the introductory post or view all the posts in the series.

Ref: Romans 5:7-8, John 3:16, Ephesians 1:7

The measure of God’s love for us is shown by two things. One is the degree of his sacrifice in saving us from the penalty of our sin. The other is the degree of unworthiness that we had when he saved us.

We can hear the measure of his sacrifice in the words, “He gave his only son” (John 3:16).

The measure of his love for us increases still more when we consider our unworthiness. […] We deserved divine punishment, not divine sacrifice.

I have heard it said, “God didn’t die for frogs. So he was responding to our value as humans.” This turns grace on its head. We are worse off than frogs. They have not sinned. They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in their lives. God did not have to die for frogs. They aren’t bad enough. We are. Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it.

Additionally, just because we’re unworthy doesn’t mean we’re worthless. We don’t deserve God’s kindness and grace (which makes us unworthy of it). But as beings created in His image and likeness, we aren’t worthless.