When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 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. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5: 6-8 (NLT)
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NLT)
Azalia Alecon is from the Dominican Republic. Around the time her firstborn celebrated her nineteenth birthday, Azalia became pregnant with her second child. Complications during the pregnancy led to a Cesarean birth. Her son remained in a neonatal care unit for six days. Since his birth two years ago, Azalia has never stopped thanking God for the gift of her son, his health, and the joy of being a mother to a young child again.
One day, after some reflection during her prayer time, Azalia realized that she would be willing to give her life for her children. In that moment, she began to understand the enormous sacrifice God made to give his only son for the sins of humankind. She would be willing to give her life for her children, but she would find it unthinkable to sacrifice her children for anyone. Only God was able to do it. And only Christ was able to be faithful to that call. The apostle Paul writes: "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us." What incredible and amazing love!
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your infinite love that truly surpasses all understanding. Help us to feel this love that is the same yesterday, today, and through eternity, in Jesus' name. Amen.