“Saved from a Curse, by a Curse” – Galatians 3:11-14

Galatians 3:11-14

“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” 

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Paul was referring here to Christ’s crucifixion. Crucifixion was created by the Romans not only for execution, but as a means of humiliation and prolonged torture. The fact that Jesus was willing to go through this terrible death to take our place is beyond our comprehension. 
In his book, No God But One, Nabeel Qureshi shares a conversation he had with a muslim friend who wondered how a perfect holy God could come to this filthy earth and sacrifice Himself. 

“Sahar, let’s imagine that you are on your way to a very important ceremony and are dressed in your finest clothes. You are about to arrive just in time, but then you see your daughter drowning in a pool of mud. What would you do? Let her drown and arrive looking dignified, or rescue her but arrive at the ceremony covered in mud? 

Her response was very matter of fact, “Of course, I would jump in the mud and save her.”

Nuancing the question more, I asked her, “Let’s say there were others with you. Would you send someone else to save her, or would you save her yourself?” 

Considering this, Sahar responded, “If she is my daughter, how could I send anyone else? They would not care for her like I do. I would go myself, definitely.” 

I paused for a short moment before continuing, “If you, being a human, love your daughter so much that you are willing to lay aside your dignity to save her, how much more can we expect God, if he is our perfectly loving Father, to lay aside his majesty to save us?” She consider this for a moment, and the conversation moved on.”

(A while later Nabeel went to lunch with a friend who wanted to introduce him to a new believer who had come from a Muslim background. The new Christian was Sahar!) “The message of God’s selfless love had overpowered her, and she could no longer remain Muslim. A few days after our dinner, she had accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.” pp 91-92, Zondervan 2016. 
While using the HEAR method consider the following:
  • How does the metaphor of the mother rescuing the daughter speak to you of what Jesus has done for us? If it doesn’t, is there another metaphor that might? 
  • Take some time to meditate on the idea that the God of the universe became a curse to save us from the curse of the law. 

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond? 
Today’s post is by Jon Price, Associate Pastor



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