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Sidetracks God's Wrath

A Cross on a HillJesus cross was in a very real way a sign of God's curse on human beings. The Old Testament asserted in Deuteronomy 21.22-23, "If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God's curse." The phrase "exposed on a pole" which was also translated as "hung on a tree" was an Old Testament equivalent to crucifixion. The sacrificial lamb attracted God's anger upon the cross but Jesus sidetracked God's wrath away from his beloved ones.

Our Sins on Jesus

Jesus holds the crossJesus' curse therefore fell not on his people but on Jesus himself who became the target of God's judgment. It was a great mystery to us how this can happen. Our sins were laid on him and with the words in John 19.30, "It is finished" not just his own life but more supremely his work as sin bearer was completed on his cross.✞

The Death Moment

The Moment of DeathFor the Christian, the death moment marked both the entry into the personal Body of Christ and also the call to a new life. Paul described it in 2 Corinthians 4.7-12, "We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."

Creator Loves the Creation

Roman soldierThe Roman authorities in Jesus' day punished a murderer by making him carry around the decomposing corpse of his victim strapped to his back. The curse of our sin was submerged in the all-cleansing ocean of God's love. Jesus' cross was the mark of the creator's "Big C" love for his "little c" creation.

"Jesus Cross Curse"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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