Gal 3:13 – Jesus Was Cursed Instead Of Us

Galatians 3:13 reads “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us ….” So …

· If not for Jesus’ death, we would have been cursed.

· In his death, Jesus was made a curse.

· So Jesus was cursed instead of us being cursed, right?

This is exactly what we mean by “substitutionary.” Jesus took the curse we deserve (instead of us) – He did it “for us.”

Old West illustration:

Suppose in old Dodge City a father volunteered to take the death penalty by hanging for his guilty son. Wouldn’t it be accurate to say – “The father hath redeemed his son from the curse of the law, being made a curse for his son: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”? Wouldn’t that be the father substituting for his son? Wouldn’t that be the father taking the son’s penalty for him?

We can be so thankful that Jesus died on that cross in our place, for our sins.

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