2 Peter 3:9 NIV
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
When you change the pronouns to I and me, it reads “While I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me.”
Realizing that we are not worthy of the love, mercy and grace of God, can cause some to ask the question “Why me Lord?” Some who feel extreme guilt from the life they have lived, have asked the question, why would Christ die for me?
The answer is simple and oft repeated. We are God’s creation and God loves us.
Some may scoff at this, but God’s word is filled with hundreds of scriptures expressing God’s love.
There are some who really struggle with the concept that God loves them.
There are others who periodically ask themselves the question “why me?”
Do you remember the song titled “Why Me Lord” written by Kris Kristofferson? It asks the same question.
Why me Lord
What have I ever done
To deserve even one
Of the blessings I've known
Why me Lord
What did I ever do
That was worth love from you
And the kindness you've shown
Lord help me, Jesus
I've wasted it so
Help me, Jesus
I know what I am
Now that I know
That I've needed you so
Help me, Jesus
My soul's in your hand
Try me Lord
If you think there's a way
That I can repay
What I've taken from you
I can show someone else
What I've been through myself
On my way back to you
The truth is that Jesus died for all people, from peasants to kings. From the lowliest to the highest. From the poor to the rich. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we have done.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
He also died for the Charles Mansons, Adolph Hitlers and Boston stranglers of the world, IF they would only accept Him as Lord, repent of their sins and sin no more.
Jesus died for the thief hanging on the cross next to His, whom He promised would see Him this day in paradise.
Because God truly loves ALL of His creation and longs for ALL to be saved and reconciled to Him.
We do not earn salvation. It is by grace that we can be saved. It is God’s gift to those who will accept it.
Romans 10:13 KJV
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Whatever the sins of your past, God will forgive them and wipe them away through the blood of Jesus, when you accept Him as your Lord and Savior.
Romans 3:23-25 KJV
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Yes, we ARE unworthy of God's grace, BUT we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus. We are unworthy, but we are certainly not unloved.
In fact, through the blood of Jesus, God has removed our transgressions from us, as far as the east is from the west.
In other words, He will remember them no more and says to us, “go and sin no more.”
Psalm 103:12 KJV
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Ephesians 1:7 NIV
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
We should never ask “Why me?” when it comes to God’s grace and salvation, but rather thank and praise God saying “YES, me!”