"But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."1
The story is told about a young man who received a ticket for a speeding violation. As he stood before the judge, the judge found himself in a dilemma because he knew the young man didn't have any money to pay the fine and he didn't want to send him to jail.
However, the judge had to fine the young man $150, which was the accepted amount for this traffic violation. Immediately the judge handed down the sentence, he stepped away from the bench, took off his robes, went to the defendant and paid the fine for him.
The young man was his own son whom he loved.
That's what God's Son, Jesus Christ, did for us on the cross of Calvary. God's justice required death as the automatic judgment upon our sin. However, because he loved us, the Son of God laid aside his "judge's robes," stepped out of the "ivory palaces" of heaven, came to earth and identified with us as a man, and died on the cross in our place to save us from our sins.
Because of this, God offers each of us a free pardon with forgiveness for all our sins and gives us his gift of eternal life. Jesus, the Son of God, paid the "fine/penalty" for us with his life. All we need to do is confess our sinfulness and accept his gift of salvation—the greatest gift known to man.
"He paid a debt he didn't owe to free us from a price we couldn't pay."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your great love gift for me in giving your Son, Jesus, to die in my place to pay the just penalty for all my sins. May I never take Your love for granted but learn to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength—and my neighbor as myself. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."
NOTE: If you have never accepted God's free pardon for all your sins, click on http://tinyurl.com/8glq9 to see how simple it is to do this.
1. Paul in Romans 5:8.