But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
I live with my four nieces and nephews, and one statement that I hear regularly is, “It’s not fair.” Whether over food, watching television or going outside to play with friends, they constantly compare their treatment to that of their brothers and sisters. This is their measure for determining if they have been handled fairly or not. After everything is said, it is up to their mother to decide who is right and who is wrong.
Listening to them debate back and forth, I think of how Jesus must have felt when He was on the cross between two thieves. One mocked Jesus, saying, “If you are the Son of God, use your power to save both of us.” The other thief rebuked him, saying, “We are being punished justly. This man has done nothing wrong.” Jesus willingly obeyed the will of his Father. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” Jesus died for our sins.
We live in a world that focuses on fair and unfair. We fight for what we deserve. Jesus didn’t. He came so we wouldn’t get what we deserve—the penalty for our sin. Because of His great love, Christ died in our place, paying with His own blood to set us free. Thank God it’s not fair.
Thank you, Father, for your grace and mercy. You demonstrated your love for us by giving your Son as a perfect sacrifice. His death, burial and resurrection justified and reconciled us back to you. I will always be grateful and give you the praise, the honor and the glory. Amen.
© 2012 Wanda Currie