Gal.3:13,14 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE” — in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

One of the great mysteries in the Bible is seen in today’s verse. It is one of those too good to be true and hard to believe stories. Christ took my curse upon Himself. Now the lost person never thinks a curse should be on them in the first place. It is only by the grace of God that we glimpse the danger we are in without Christ and see the darkness of our ways. Paul thought he was a righteous Pharisee until grace came and he saw the filthiness of his sinful condition. All at once we see it; the sinfulness of our lives, the curse that follows our sin, and then we see that most amazing of all realities. Christ became a curse for us that we could be free. Here is how Martin Luther describes it.

“Paul does not say that Christ was made a curse for Himself. The accent is on the two words “for us”. Christ is personally innocent. Personally, He did not deserve to be hanged for any crime of His own doing. But because Christ took the place of others who were sinners, He was hanged like any other transgressor. The Law of Moses leaves no loopholes. It says that a transgressor should be hanged. Who are the other sinners? We are. The sentence of death and everlasting damnation had long been pronounced over us. But Christ took all our sins and died for them on the Cross. “He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

So are you still prancing through life deluded by self righteousness that flows from some sort of system of good deeds or religious activity or have you seen it? Have you seen for yourself the ugliness of your sin, the horror of your curse that fell on Christ, and then the gift of righteousness that we receive as a gift by grace through faith? When you see this blessing and curse all we can do is fall at His feet in worship.


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