6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man 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.
In these three verses, Paul explains God’s grace-filled plan, Christ’s central role in it, and our amazing benefit from His sacrifice. We–the children of God, all humanity–were “powerless” before Christ came to be the final sin offering, the final and most powerful sacrifice to make us right with God again.
This is inconceivable to us ordinary humans; why would Jesus do this for us, when very few of us would die for each other? But that is just the nature of God’s love. He cared so much for each of us, wanted to be reconnected with us so badly, that He did this drastic action, suffered and died for us so that our sins would be paid in full.
And the strangest (and yet best) part of this? We didn’t have to accept Jesus first for Him to do this for us. He loved us even though we were “ungodly,” died for us just the way we were. Accepting that love, forging that connection with him, accepting that unbelievable gift, is all we have to do to be saved. None of us, not even the “worst” sinners by the world’s calculations, have to do anything to be loved by God.