When men die for others, they die for their honored brothers, or their countrymen, or maybe for someone with high rank, like a president. Maybe a man will die to save a woman or child from a burning building. This is commendable. No one, though, would die for the evil. Evil men and women are worthless.
But when the Creator of everything decided to show his character – what kind of person he is, so to speak – he did something unheard of. He died for the worthless, for the evil, for the despicable, for the poor, for the hateful, for the impatient and unkind, for the easily angered, for the foolish, for the boasters, for the filthy prostitutes, for the greedy, for the manipulative, for the atheists, for the theives, for the bitter and selfish old men, for the abusers, for the bullies, for the persecutors, for the mean-spirited, for the unthankful, for the broken idolators who cannot break their addictions. He did this to save his people from their sins. Not a worthy man who has ever lived would be willing to die for one of these, nor able even if he wanted to, since he would only be throwing his life away, unable to change the person for whom he would be dying. But the Son of God was not only willing but able to die, and not only to die but rise again – to break the power of death and to crush the power of sin. Romans 5:7-8 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Are you a sinner? Are you the kind of person most people would never think of trying to save? Then you are the kind God has chosen to help. It is just who he is. Matthew 11:25-30.