Better Than I Deserve
5/2/13 at 02:57 PM 1 Comments

Reverse the Curse

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Jack Wellman, 2013

When the Boston Red Sox finally won the World Series a few years ago, they said that the curse was reversed. The curse was supposedly imposed upon the Red Sox when they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees early in the 20th Century. In a similar fashion, Jesus Christ reversed the curse on humanity by redeeming mankind and restoring us to a right relationship with God which had been severed in the Garden. Paul wrote about this when he said, “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 pole” (Gal 3:13). By this voluntary act of Jesus Christ, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21) which was done “to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Gal 4:5). That’s why the gospel is called good news. It was bad news for Christ on the cross but the best of news for us who were separated from God by our sin.

This alienation from God was impossible for us to restore by our own efforts because “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith” (Gal 3:10-11). While we were still enemies of God, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). This was because “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

The “cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18) and as we are faithful witnesses it is “To the one [that] we are an aroma that brings death; [but] to the other, an aroma that brings life” (2 Cor 2:16). Let us be about being an aroma of life…even at the risk of being one of death. That is the only way that those who have not yet trusted in Christ will be able to reverse the curse.

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Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.

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