Imagine that you and two of your friends made cockroaches. You were the god of the coackroaches. You provided for them, you clothed them with their protective wings, you allowed them to reproduce, you designed some so that they can go without air for 45 minutes so that they can survive under water, you gave some of them the ability to live up to three months without food and a month without water, you gave them laws, rules and boundaries for their own good………..but then they turn against you. They hold their scrawny little legs up at you in defiance and rebellion. They curse you and live as if they made themselves. They desire to live independant of you and even live as if you didnt exist. The very rules that you gave to protect them, they break on a daily basis with no regard to the consequences.
You and your friends decide that enough is enough. You start to regret that you made these creatures because they are very ungrateful and have no desire to show any gratitude towards you. Because you are just, there must be punishment for the continual law breaking. One of your friends puts on his big boots to step on the cockroaches and the other gets out the cockroach spray. They would be well within their rights to kill them all.
……. you tell your two friends “kill me instead”. Because of your love for the cockroaches, you decide to be punished in their place so that you can be a substitute for the wrong that THEY had done. Not because of anything that you had done wrong. You willingly decide to sacrifice your life for your disobedient creation. So your two friends agree to the plan. You become a cockroach and they step on you, crush you and spray you with the cockroach killer.
Wouldnt you say that the fact that you was willing to die for these foul creatures shows your profound love for them even though they didnt deserve it? Well this is what Christ did for us
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11)
Even though my cockroach analogy may fall short in certain aspects, I hope you can get the jist of what I am trying to say. To understand more of what Christ did for us, click here.
I’ve posted this video before but I think it is very apt