But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. – Romans 5:8,9
Jesus must have died out of the most gratuitous benevolence to the undeserving, because the character of those for whom He died could not have attracted Him, but must have been repulsive to His holy soul. The impious, the godless-can Christ love these for their character? No, He loved them notwithstanding their offences, loved them as creatures fallen and miserable, loved them according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses and tender mercies, from pity, and not from admiration. Viewing them as ungodly, yet He loved them. This is extraordinary love! I do not wonder that some persons are loved by others, for they wear a potent charm in their countenances, their ways are winsome, and their characters charm you into affection; “but God commendeth His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” He looked at us, and there was not a solitary beauty spot upon us: we were covered with “wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores,” distortions, defilements, and pollutions; and yet, for all that, Jesus loved us. He loved us because He would love us; because His heart was full of pity, and He could not let us perish.
Christ died for those who were wicked, thoroughly wicked….The fact that Christ died for the ungodly renders self-righteousness a folly. Why need a man pretend that he is good if “Christ died for the ungodly?” …Believe in Him and you shall be saved from that ungodliness. ~ C.H. Spurgeon