Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Curse of Jesus. Galatians 3:13.

So just what does the death of Jesus man to me?

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. For it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’” Galatians 3:13, NIV.

To redeem something is to buy it back by satisfying the terms of a contract.

The “curse” is not some melodramatic enchantment like in movies where the nemesis utters mystical words and some evil happens. The “curse of the law” is God's judgment against sin which says sin must be punished. We are under the curse of sin's judgment; and are held hostage, and need to be redeemed.

God is holy and can’t compromise his law. He won’t break his word- He condemned sin and sin is condemned irrevocably. We have broken faith with our God and Creator by sinning and He must condemn sin and us.

But God loves us and took our place in judgment in the person of His Son, Jesus. He “became” the curse for us, and totally absorbed it; he completely identified with us and stepped into our place. There was no part of the curse left out, Jesus satisfied the terms of God’s holy law and condemnation. He endured all of God’s wrath. There is not a drop of the curse against sin left over to haunt the least

Only Jesus was eligible to become the curse for us. He was tested and even tempted by Satan and every time passed the test. He had no sin of his own to pay for, so he was free from the curse. That qualified him to pay for our sins and become the curse for us. With free will he could have chosen to allow the righteous judgment for our sins stand unsatisfied leaving us to face God the judge of the universe and endure our own punishment, but he chose to die for each of us to redeem, and rescue us from hell.

His becoming a curse for you is sufficient to bring you into redemption. To reject redemption is to choose to the curse. If you have not come to Jesus and accepted his redemption on your behalf you are still under the curse. Pray and tell God you acknowledge that your sins have put you are under the curse and accept Jesus’ work on my behalf, and then you will be redeemed.

To learn more about God's plan for your redemption see my other blog.


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