(Romans 5:6-8) You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Why was this time, roughly six to eight thousand years after creation, and some two thousand years before our time, the right time? In our attempts to answer this question, we often refer to the “Pax Romana” which basically means the peace of Rome. During the time from 27 BC to AD 180, The Roman Empire spread to its greatest extent. It was a prosperous time that was generally peaceful. The Roman roads covered the empire, and the Roman soldiers patrolled the roads to keep them safe. The Roman Empire encompassed a wide variety of languages, but Koine Greek was widely spoken throughout the empire. In short, the Pax Romana provided a great opportunity for spreading the Gospel to most of the known world. This is man’s idea of why the coming of Jesus was the right time, but really, only God knows for sure.
(John 3:16&17) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
We were powerless to save ourselves from our sins. Justice demanded the death penalty for our sins. We were in a hopeless situation. God’s plan provided a way out of our predicament. God loves us so much that he was willing to send his Son to take our place. Jesus took our death penalty on himself. He suffered a horrible death on our behalf. He paid the price for all sinners. Now that the price for sin has been paid, God can offer forgiveness to all of us. This is how we enter into this forgiveness.
(John 3:18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
The word “whoever” declares an open invitation. All are invited to receive forgiveness of their sins and eternal life. God has done his part, and he is waiting with open arms for us to return to him. All we have to do is believe.