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Sidetracks God's Wrath

A Cross on a HillJesus cross is in a very real way a sign of God's curse on human beings. The Old Testament asserts 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 is also translated as "hung on a tree" is an Old Testament equivalent to crucifixion. The sacrificial lamb attracted God's anger upon the cross but Jesus sidetracks God's wrath away from his loved ones.✞

Our Sins on Jesus

Jesus holds the crossJesus' curse therefore falls not on his people but on Jesus himself who becomes the target of God's judgment. It is a great mystery to us how this can happen. Our sins are 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 is completed on his cross.

The Death Moment

The Moment of DeathFor the Christian, the death moment marks 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 is submerged in the all-cleansing ocean of God's love. Jesus' cross is the mark of the creator's "Big C" love for his "little c" creation.✞

"Jesus Cross Curse"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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