Next week Christians all around the world will be celebrating the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ as we remember that nearly 2000 years ago Jesus died on the cross for the sins of his people. Today I’m remembering what Galatians 3:13 says: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.”
The curse motif shows up in many parts of scripture. Adam and Eve sinned and were cursed as they left the garden. The curse they had pronounced upon them brought the effects of sin into the whole world and they were separated from the God that had created them. Remember that they had enjoyed fellowship in the garden with him on a daily basis until they had sinned. It was the separation that was the ultimate part of the curse.
Then we also remember when Moses led God’s people out of Egypt and God promised to bring them into the land that he had sworn to Abraham. But before they went in God made the people swear to keep his laws and if they didn’t he would bring curse upon them. There were several of these curses but the final one was that they would be driven from the land. Once again, separation from God becomes the final curse. This curse was realized as the people of God worshipped other gods and the Bible says they sinned more than the Canaanites who occupied the land before them. They were driven from the land by the Babylonians. They returned in a lesser status for a while before being driven out again in 70 AD by the Romans. Being cut off from God was the curse.
But God is loving and caring for his people. None of us can keep all his laws all the time so he sent his own Son the Lord Jesus to come and die on the cross for us. He became a curse for us and endured separation and being cut off from the Father for the sins we committed. There is now no longer an eternal separation since we have been reconciled by Jesus. Give thanks to God this week that the curse reserved for us was bore by Christ at the cross.