We can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men. In human experience it is a rare thing for one man, to give his life for another, even if the latter is a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it . . . —Romans 5:6-7
As seen in the actions of the police and firefighters that perished on 9/11—and even they were unique and we call them heroes for doing what they did—but what is a hero but someone who is distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength? In that regard, in every sense of the word, Jesus is our hero.
Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us. [I don’t know how He could do that! Even when we were dead in our sins, He rescued us!] Moreover if he did that for us while we were sinners, now that we are men justified by the shedding of his blood, what reason do we have to fear the wrath of God? [None!] If, while we were his enemies, Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through his living in us —Romans 5:8-10
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