There was a season in my early days of ministry when I worked part-time at a local Christian camp. The end of the season had come and it was my last week of employment. On my last day, I overheard two other employees talking about how everyone was going to be receiving a bonus. Of course, my thought was that I wouldn’t get the bonus because I was leaving. I was a little disappointed, but it seemed unrealistic that I would get a bonus on my last day of employment. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I did in fact receive the bonus after all! When I asked why I had still received it, I was told, “You’re part of us and we ALL got the bonus.”
Second Corinthians 5:14-15 says, “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all.” The Greek word for “all” is pas which means “all, every, the whole.” In other words, all means all. Jesus Christ died for everyone because everyone was dead in their sins. Christ died for the whole, not just some. He even died for those who would reject Him. Now why would Jesus die for everyone, knowing that not everyone would receive Him and accept His gift of eternal life? The answer is there in verse 14 —“the love of Christ.”
Let’s collectively pray that the love of Christ would compel us in everything that we say or do. Second Peter 3:9 tells us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” This is the heart of God — that the world would be saved through Him.
Another famous verse that testifies to the fact that Jesus died for all humanity, and the free gift of salvation is available for all who choose to receive it, is John 3:16-17, which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
May our entire perspective of humanity be transformed by the enormity of Christ’s love for the world. Jesus Christ died for all. Let’s not exclude others or elevate ourselves as if He has a heart only for some. We’re all wretched and depraved in our own way, but His compassion is great and His love is perfect. So may everything we do, for everyone we do it, be rooted and compelled by the love of Jesus Christ in us for them. No one is outside His reach because His sacrificial death is able to save all those who come to Him in humility and brokenness.