John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Romans 5:8-11 – 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 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! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
An import side note about this passage. Many people (I used to be one of them) say that they will become Christian once they straighten out their life, and are more worthy of Grace. This day will never come. The good news however, is that Jesus died for us “While we were still sinners”. According to this passage, he does not want us to wait until we are more deserving, he wants us to come to him as the sinners we are right now. I have provided two examples of Christians who came to Christ while they were sinners, and who probably committed far worse sins (by human standards) than most people reading this book have ever thought of.
John Newton, the author of the song Amazing Grace, was the captain of a slave ship when he converted to Christianity (Wikipedia.org). As a rule, many of the Africans being carried on slave ships died during the voyage, so we can be fairly certain that Mr. Newton was responsible for the agonizing deaths of numerous people. Unfortunately, as is true with the most other people, he did not immediately give up his sinful activities right when he converted, but continued to be associated with the slave trade for years. According to the Bible however, because he believed on Jesus as the savior, he was saved by his conversion.
Another example of how Jesus died for us “while we were still sinners” was a man named Saul. The Bible tells us that there was great persecution against the church in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1). Saul witnessed the stoning (execution) of Stephen, a highly respected Christian in the early church (Acts 7:58). Acts 8:1 states that, “And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.” Saul then “began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.” (Acts 8:3). While this powerful enemy of the early church was doing these things, he had an encounter with Jesus, and became a Christian. Saul was known by another name as well. This name was Paul. This is the Apostle Paul who wrote many of the books in the New Testament.
If a slave trader and a crusader who fought against Christians can become Christians while they are performing these activities, it seems obvious that we can become Christians at anytime, regardless of where we are in our lives.
Romans 8:2-4 – 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57 – 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 9:28: – so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Referring to the second coming of Jesus in the end times).
Hebrews 10:10 – And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin
1 John 2:1-2 – 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.