[Photo by daveduke.]
You see, at just the right time,
when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man,
though for a good man
someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood,
how much more shall we be saved
from God’s wrath through him!
For if, when we were God’s enemies,
we were reconciled to him
through the death of his Son,
how much more,
having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through his life!
Not only is this so,
but we also rejoice in God
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.
— Romans 5:6-11
[Taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, (c)1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.]