Americans are literally the best exaggerators that have ever lived on planet Earth. Ever. Well ok, that was an exaggeration…but we are really good at it.
In one of my wife’s recipe books, I recently read a recipe entitled, “To Die For Blueberry Muffins.”
To Die For?! Whoa. That seems a little extreme. So they’re saying if a muffin assassin showed up, they would take a bullet for the muffins?! Of course not! Why die for something that doesn’t deserve it?
Paul makes a similar argument in his letter to the Christians in Rome:
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
Romans 5:7 (NLT)
In other words, you wouldn’t die for most people, but there may be a small possibility that you would die for an especially good person – someone deserving of your sacrifice.
God’s love for us may seem a little exaggerated at times, but that’s where His logic goes beyond ours. Paul continues…
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:7–8 (NLT)
There we were, living in sin, rejecting Jesus, and running away from Him. He saw us, loved us, and for the first time using the phrase correctly, said about us, “You are to die for.” Then He hung on the cross and proved it!
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