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

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Cursed! Not just in the sense that he was mocked and his detractors cursed at him, but in the sense that he received the curse of death because of our sin. He did what was hideous and scandalous; he died on a Cross — hung to a tree in front of a jeering mob, executed like sub-human scum. Why? To try and convince the world God cursed him. But the beauty of his shame and disgrace is that God made his sacrifice for our redemption. Jesus’ ridicule and curse bought us freedom from the curse of our sins. He became the curse for us so that we could “become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Praise God! Praise Jesus! We are redeemed!

My Prayer…

Almighty and Abba Father, we can’t pretend to fathom your ways and why you would require such a horrific sacrifice of yourself to redeem us. Precious Savior, we can’t imagine what it was like to hang before a mob carrying the sin of the whole world — and especially our sins. All we know to do is to ask the Holy Spirit to help our words convey the gratitude of our hearts as he intercedes for us with you now. Thank you! Praise you! We are redeemed! Hallelujah! Amen.

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