September 4, 2006
Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me ---
those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?
No man can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for him ---
the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough ---
that he should live on forever
and not see decay.
Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man,
though for a good man 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.
For if, when we were God's enemies,
we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,
how much more, having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through his life!