At that moment, a passerby saw the old man stretched out on the roots struggling with the scorpion and shouted: ‘Hey, stupid old man, what’s wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of an ugly, evil creature. Don’t you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?’
The old man turned his head. Looking into the stranger’s eyes he said calmly, ‘My friend, just because it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save.’”
- Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus, p. 157
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 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."