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. … When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. Galatians 3:13
Jesus wasn’t born to be just a teacher, or to just tell stories about the kingdom, or just to perform miracles, or even to be king of Israel. He was born to reverse the curse pronounced in the Garden of Eden.
The curse came upon Adam and Eve when they failed to believe God about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When they fell for the serpent’s deception and sealed it with an act of disobedience, they ushered in immense consequences for them and every one of us who descend from them. Is it any wonder that Jesus grew up to say, “Whoever believes in me, though He dies, yet shall He live.” Unbelief brought the curse upon us. Belief in Jesus would free us from it.
The sin of unbelief was carried out in a garden. Thirty-three years after little Jesus was born, He would enter another garden to deal with the weight of our curse. He knew what it would mean to die in our place.
Everyone who embraces this Savior and believes in Him, with their life, is no longer cursed ~ but blessed. The theme of our life is not ‘paradise lost’ but ‘paradise restored.’ Barren landscapes, once brown and decayed by sin, are now lush and green. In kingdom places, we dare walk barefoot in tender grass without fear of cutting our feet. We dare drink water from any pond or water source without fear of contamination. Wherever God is ~ is paradise, and this little Savior, who slept in the hay, shook our world to lead us there. Condemnation was instantly banished with His words, “It is finished.”
I still believe You and choose to live by faith every day of my life. Amen