John Piper in his small book For Your Joy, wrote that God didn’t die for frogs.
As I was trying to reflect about it, this verse came into my mind that somehow speaks the funny truth about what Piper said.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8
Thinking about it, even frogs are not bad enough. It would not cost the life of Christ for their salvation, because frogs DON’T SIN. We, humans are the ones who needs the rescue because we are the SINNERS. For the good news to be good the bad news has to be really bad. That’s what happened on the cross, the punishment for our sins was really bad so the solution has to be really great and it is! Our sins need an ultimate sacrifice of a sinless person and it was done through Jesus. The gospel starts when we see ourselves as we really are. We are sinners, broken people, in need of a Savior. When Jesus was on the cross, He was not thinking of frogs, He was thinking of you and me, so He endured.
John Piper said; “God didn’t die for frogs. So he was responding to our value as humans.” This turns grace on its head. We are worse off than frogs. They have not sinned. They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in our lives. God did not have to die for frogs. They are not bad enough. We are. Our debt is so great only divine sacrifice can pay it.
Jesus died for the thief beside Him. He died for everyone who was shouting at His face; “Crucify Him”. He died for Barabbas, who was released instead of Him. He died for the roman soldiers who were taunting and mocking Him. He died for the religious people who thought they can impress God with their good works. He died for anyone who is fed up with their brokenness.
Jesus did not die for frogs. He died for you and me. That’s good news.