The Curse Of Christ

Here’s today’s Scripture of the Day:

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.”

Galatians 3:13

The apostle Paul wrote this to Galatian churches who were struggling with the notion that they did not have to obey the Old Testament Law of Moses any more due to being under the New Testament Law of Christ.  Today’s verse is just one of many points Paul is making towards that end, namely, that the Law of Moses was taken out of the way and replaced with the New Covenant when Christ died on the cross (Eph. 2:14-16; Col. 2:13-17; Heb. 9:15-17).

Christ, our propitiation (1 John 2:2).Beyond that, let’s think of the huge ramifications of Paul’s statement that Christ “became a curse for us.”  As scriptural proof of that statement, he cited Deuteronomy 21:22-23, the statement in the Law of Moses which pronounced a curse on any criminal hung to death on a tree.  While Christ was not hung from a tree with a noose around his neck, that cross was made of wood and he hung there in the agony of crucifixion, thereby becoming a curse.  It is for this reason that God turned his back on his own Son, causing the Son to cry out in anguished spiritual agony:  “‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God my God, why have you forsaken me?'” (Matt. 27:46).

What will make the curse of eternal hell so terrible is that God will not be there (2 Thess. 1:9), for God cannot have anything to do with sin (Is. 59:2).  Christ went through that on the cross…and he did it for us.  The apostle wrote, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).  Christ was cursed…for us.  He tasted hell…for us.

That’s how much he loves us.

Jesus died...for you

2 thoughts on “The Curse Of Christ”

  1. “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
    Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
    But when He cried to Him, He heard” ~ Psalm 22:24

    “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11).

    “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” ~ John 16:32

    “And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit” ~ Luke 23:46

    Jon, please give Scriptural evidence that God “turned His back on” God (Jesus).

    1. Hi Carter. The evidence is given in the article. Read it again, specifically the Galatians 3:13, Matthew 27:46, 2 Corinthians 5:21, and Isaiah. 59:2 passages.

      These verses are not to imply that the forsaking of Christ by God was a permanent thing. On the contrary, just 3 days later God raised him from the dead and by doing so declared him to be the Son of God (Rom. 1:4) and gave him all authority (Matt. 28:18). Forty days after that, Christ ascended into heaven and sat down at the Father’s right hand (Mark 16:19; Dan. 7:13-14).

      However, Christ took our place at the cross. He received the punishment we deserve. The Scriptures make that plain, just as the ones you cited also make plain the Father’s acceptance of him both before and after that terrible day.

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