Key Verses: “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:7-8
Some have commented that Romans 5:8 is the apostle Paul’s version of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Both these verses demonstrate the measure of God’s love.
Harry Moorhouse was commonly known as the English Evangelist, but this was not always the case. In 1861, Harry Moorhouse rushed into a revival meeting in Manchester, intending to start a fight. He was a wild gambler and heavy drinker. Instead, God had another plan for that evening and Moorhouse turn to God for salvation.
Six years later, Moorhouse traveled to Chicago, where a reluctant D. L. Moody let him preach at his church while he was away for a few days. When Moody returned, he asked his wife about Moorhouse. She said, “He preached two sermons from John 3:16. I think you’ll like him, but he preaches a little different than you do.”
“How is that?” Moody asked.
“Well, he tells sinners that God loves them,” she replied.
“Well,” Moody said, “he’s wrong.”
Moody went to hear Moorhouse preached for himself. Again He spoke from John 3:16 on God’s great love for sinners, Moody’s could not hold back the tears.
The final night Moorhouse concluded his sermon by saying, “My friends, for a whole week I have been trying to tell you how much God loves you, but I cannot do it with this poor stammering tongue. If I could borrow Jacob’s ladder, and climb up into Heaven, and ask Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty, if he could tell me how much love the Father has for the world, all he could say would be, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.’”
Those sermons changed D. L. Moody’s life. Moody said, “I have never forgotten those nights. I have preached a different gospel since, and I have had more power with God and man since then.”
Jesus death demonstrates how much God loves us and how He abounds in grace. There are probably very few people that we would willingly die for, but Romans 5:8 tells us that Christ died for us while we were still enemies of God. Jesus said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus in his death, took this a step further. He laid his life down for us, while we were still sinners, so that we could be his friend.