Remembering Christ Sacrifice
Category : General
Romans 5:7 (KJV)
7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”~ Billy Graham
There are none who would be willing to die for a man who was seeking to do us injury, to calumniate our character, to destroy our happiness or our property. But Christ was willing to die for bitter foes.” The word “Scarcely” carries the idea with difficulty. It is an event which cannot be expected to occur often. In essence, there would scarcely be found an instance in which it would happen. A righteous man – A just man; a man distinguished simply for integrity of conduct; one who has no remarkable claims for amiableness of character, for benevolence, or for personal friendship. Much as we may admire such a man, and applaud him, yet he has not the characteristics which would appeal to our hearts to induce us to lay down our lives for him. Accordingly, it is not known that any instance has occurred where for such a man one would be willing to die.
There is probably in Paul’s mind here a memory of how he, along with many Pharisees, had sought to be righteous, and even good, and had despised those who had failed to conform. And of how some had even appeared from a human point of view to get very close. But he is bringing out that unless such men were willing to align themselves with the ‘sinners’ whom they despised, there could be no hope for them. ‘Sinners’ were those who came short of God’s requirements in the eyes of all. This therefore, of course, removes any temptation to suggest that Romans 5:2-5 somehow represent a way by which sinners can be accepted as righteous in God’s eyes through their own activity. They progressed in the way described because they had first recognized that they were ungodly and sinners, and had come to Christ in order to be ‘accounted as in the right before God’. It was as a consequence of ‘having been justified by faith’ that they progressed, not as contributors towards that justification. For that justification was not for the righteous or for the good. It was for the ungodly, for sinners.
Who would those persons be in our own life? Perhaps it would be a mother or father, husband or wife, son or daughter, or even a few very close friends. If we really take the time to think it through, there are probably only a very few people for whom we would give our life without a moment’s hesitation. Looking back, we confirm that this statement is credible only because it is true, for it never could have entered into the mind of man that such a thing was possible until the unspeakable event itself appeared upon Golgotha. Christ dying for the ungodly, the sinner, the enemies of God. What a love, what a sacrifice, may we never forget.
Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.” –Lysa Terkeurst
Have a Great and God filled Day