For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
Cause Of Death
Death certificates list the cause of death so that a record of what brought about the person death can be established. This is helpful for loved ones who want to understand why the person died or even for legal reasons. A certificate is issued as a final statement of the person’s life including names, genders and pertinent information as a final closure of life. No one filled out a death certificate when Jesus died. He was one of three criminals crucified that day and except for a few disciples who clung to the image of their Lord’s death, the world had no concern for the death of the man in the middle. Joseph and Nicodemus delivered the body to the tomb and sealed it. On the first day of the week the tomb was empty. Jesus was brought forth from the grave by the power of His Father and salvation came to all men. The death of Jesus was no longer a matter of a man dying on a cross; it was the eternal plan of God to save His creation from the condemnation of sin.
Men did not write a death certificate for Jesus but the Holy Spirit did. He declared throughout the writings of the New Testament the cause of death for Jesus of Nazareth. No man had died for this reason. Death came in many forms and for many reasons but no one had died for the cause Jesus was pronounced dead for and there would never be another case of death for the same cause. What was the cause of death for the Son of God? The Holy Spirit says it was ungodly men. Jesus’ physical death has been described by the medical world as multifactorial relating primarily to hypovolemic shock, exhaustion asphyxia and perhaps acute heart failure. His reason for dying according to His Father was simple, plain and singular in meaning. Jesus died for the ungodly – He died for you and He died for me.
There is nothing to brag about when we begin to understand the impact of Jesus death. He was not at the wrong place at the wrong time or taken by an out-of-control angry mob who lynched Him by the Romans to satisfy their envious thirst for blood. Pilate was not controlling the destiny of Jesus and the Jews were doing what was eternal planned by the Father. The Son of God had to die and the reason He had to die was because all men were ungodly, unrighteous, and unprofitable who did not understand or cared in the slightest the man in the middle was a sinless human being. And less we think how cruel those people were when they killed Jesus as we look upon them with anger or even hatred; take a good long look in the mirror and see who is responsible for nailing Jesus to the cross. It is so easy to think how good we are because we are good people. We pay our taxes and live a quiet life with little conflict judging all the reprobates and despicable people with harsh judgment. Murderers, homosexuals, pedophiles, immoral and hell-bent party swinging evil people all deserve the wrath of God because they are so sinful. And we spend long hours looking in the mirror of hypocrisy believing Jesus barely broke a nail because of me. How sadly delusional we have become.
Jesus died for the ungodly and my name is at the top of the list. I was an enemy of God, with no strength to save myself, a sinner condemned to the wrath of a vengeful Lord who did not deserve the slightest notice of the All Mighty God. And yet Jesus suffered and died on a cross so that I – ME – MYSELF – could be saved. I am the ungodly one. It was my sins that put Jesus on the cross. He died two thousand years ago but I was the cause of that death. You and I share the guilt of what we have done to the Son of God and we were there when they cried out, “Crucify Him.” We are the ones that nailed His hands and feet to the cross. Our voices raised up to revile Him as He suffered so intensely on that piece of wood. We stood before His cross and watched Him die. Our sinful life kept Him on the cross as His outstretched arms begged the Father to forgive us for what we were doing. It was our ungodliness that walked away from the dead man in the middle unaware on the first day of the week our sins would be redeemed by His blood. Fifty days later the door of grace was opened when three thousand souls knew they had killed the Son of God. They obeyed the call of redemption and found peace in the blood of the Christ. There were many thousand more who did not believe that day and walked away still in their ungodliness. Jesus died for them but they did not care.
Jesus died for the ungodly. That is me and that is you. We do not have to remain in our ungodly condition. Through the blood of the cross Jesus opened a door of grace to save men who will turn from their ungodliness and obey His word. Peter told the multitudes gathered at Pentecost to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. Why? Without the cleansing blood of Jesus found in the waters of baptism there is no salvation. All men are ungodly. Only obedience in the blood of Christ will the heart of ungodliness be cleansed of sin and eternal life promised. Jesus died for you. Do you care?