Free From the Curse

Galatians 3:13

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.”

It is interesting that we know Jesus took on our sins by hanging on the cross.  He paid the penalty that we were due and thus He was cursed.

But Jesus was considered cursed by more than the fact that He died for our sins.  According to the Law of Moses, anyone who was hung on a tree was considered cursed.  This became a stumbling block for Jews in accepting Jesus because He was hung on a cross.  They could not accept that their Messiah was cursed by God.

Of course the true curse was the sins that He bore while nailed to the cross.  When Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” it was more than just a cry of anguish.  It was at this moment that the curse was laid upon Jesus.

The curse of sin is that it separates us from God.  It prevents us from having fellowship with the Lord because He is holy and we are not.  When Jesus took on our sins, He really was forsaken by God because the relationship was broken in that instant.

Because of the work of Jesus, the relationship has been fixed.  We have access to God because of grace.  Sin still affects our relationship with God however which is why we strive to follow His commands and ask forgiveness when we fail.  Our salvation is not affected by sin because the curse has been lifted but our relationship can still be hurt by it.

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