But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
When we talk about God’s love there are many different things that may come to mind. You may immediately think of the children’s song “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” You may think of God’s love in terms of His forgiveness. You may think of God’s love being in the form of His blessings.
All of these things are God’s love but Romans 5:8 cuts to the core of it. You can think of it as a more theological version of John 3:16. You may think of it as a follow up, a sequel, or a commentary on what we already know.
John 3:16 obviously tells us that God’s love means that He gave us Jesus. Romans 5 tells us what it actually means that Jesus came.
Jesus didn’t come into the world just to teach or offer a better way of living. Prophets did that – speaking for God – and teachers explained God’s Word. Jesus was a prophet and a teacher but we didn’t need just a prophet and teacher. We had them before. What we needed was a Savior.
“While we were still sinners” means that we weren’t deserving of God’s love. There is no reason that God had to do what He did. Jesus wasn’t required to die on the cross. But because of God’s love, Jesus did die for us even though we didn’t deserve it.