Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-11, NRSV)
Who would you die for?
I always wonder when I read this passage of Romans, about how Jesus died for us while we were still sinners, who we would actually die for.
You see I have a friend who is a Secret Service Agent. As far as I know my friend has never been on protection detail, as the Secret Service does more that just protect the president. But my friend was almost on protection for a person they did not support or want as president. So I remember having a conversation with them about this, and we asked them how they could protect a person they did not think was a good presidential candidate, and my friend’s response was, “I protect the position not the person.” So my friend would lay their life down to protect the position of president even if it was a person they did not particularly care for.
And isn’t that what Jesus did for you? When God could not stand to be around you because or your sinfulness, Jesus died to claim you for God. Jesus died to protect your position as a child of God, even when God would not give it to you.
So who would you die for?