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)
I knew it was wrong, but I picked up Sean’s guitar, his prized possession, anyway. He was away at class, and the temptation to gain some cred from my freshman friends by mocking him behind his back was irresistible. So I put on my best Sean-face and strummed out several hard notes.
Then a string snapped, and I froze. My friends burst into laughter, but I stood there like an animal in a trap.
Perhaps you know the feeling — you’ve said or done something you immediately regret, and inescapable guilt washes over you. You can’t hide or change the situation. You’re caught in the wrong, exposed.
According to the Bible, the Old Testament law was given to produce a similar effect. It lays out a standard of righteousness impossible to achieve. It shows how good God is and, by stark contrast, how short we fall.
When you know the right things to do and continually fail to do them, you end up feeling cornered and exposed, like me holding Sean’s guitar. The standards of the law become like an avalanche: each instruction a cascading snowball, falling one after another until they bury you beneath the staggering weight of the law’s curse.
Yet embedded within the law are hints that we, who continually fall short, don’t need to be the ones who bear that weight: the Passover, the sacrificial system, the many references to God’s mercy on those who turned to Him and away from wickedness. The Old Testament anticipates the truth stated so clearly in Galatians 3:13, that a cursebearer is our hope and help.
Pray and Reflect
What words, deeds and mistakes create a crushing weight on you?
Acknowledge these to God, and thank Him that He sent Jesus to become your curse-bearer.
If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life and bear the penalty for your sin, this may be a good time to consider doing so. (written by Jason Weimer)