Romans 5:8-11 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while 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! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
“The real love story is behind the scenes. It is the love of God for his straying sheep… This love took its fullest shape in the coming of Jesus Christ. His love for us took him much further than a grain pile at midnight. It caused him to leave the glories of heaven and come down and live as an ordinary worker. It led him to come as a baby to Bethlehem, where he found no refuge. Unlike Ruth, there was no place of rest for Jesus in Bethlehem, no godly Boaz to protect him…
This same love of God took Jesus all the way to the cross. There, in the midst of a darkness far deeper than any ordinary midnight, he offered himself up for the sins of his people… Jesus didn’t just risk his life; he gave it. Why? …It is because of God’s covenant faithfulness to the undeserving… He will be your Redeemer and receive you into his family. He will cover you with his wings and be your refuge. He will spread the robe of Christ’s righteousness to cover your nakedness…” [Ian Duguid, Esther & Ruth (Reformed Expository Commentary), Kindle Locations 3135 ff.]