” but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us “
– Romans 5:8 –
Commentary by Enduring Word
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: God’s love is a love beyond even the best love among humans. A good man might die a noble martyrdom for the “right kind” of person – such as a righteous man or a good man. But Jesus died for those who were neither righteous nor good.
Is there a difference between a righteous man and a good man in Paul’s thinking? The difference in Romans 5:7 seems to be that the righteous man is only that – righteous in his personal life but perhaps lacking in feeling for others. The good man by contrast goes beyond the other man by also being kind and benevolent.
But God demonstrates His own love: How does the death of the Son demonstrate the love of the Father? Because it was harder for the Father to send His only Son, and because God [the Father] was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).
“It would be easy to see the cross as demonstrating the indifference of God, a God who let the innocent Jesus be taken by wicked men, tortured, and crucified while he did nothing . . . Unless there is a sense in which the Father and Christ are one, it is not the love of God that the cross shows.” (Morris)
The work of Jesus on the cross for us is God’s ultimate proof of His love for you. He may give additional proof, but He can give no greater proof. If the cross is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love, it is also the ultimate demonstration of man’s hatred. It also proves that the height of man’s hatred can’t defeat the height of God’s love.
The demonstration of God’s love isn’t displayed so much in that Jesus died, but it is seen in whom Jesus died for – undeserving sinners and rebels against Him.