April 2017 Prayer Letter

 

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) that the blessing of

Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive

the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:13-14

 

What is the curse of the law? It is found Deuteronomy 11:26-27:

 

Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: “the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; “and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God...

 

Chapters 27 and 28 explain in detail this curse which includes failed crops/herds, financial loss, military defeat, sickness, disease, and death (among other things). Paul’s letter to the Galatians is referencing Deuteronomy 21:22-23.

 

If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.

 

That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross. He bore the penalty of our sin and became separated from and accursed by His own Father as he died on that cross. However, the grave could not hold him. He rose from the dead claiming victory over sin and death. By faith Jesus has made available to us the blessings promised to Abraham.

 

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal. 3:29

 

By faith we receive our new life in Christ, His Spirit, and all God’s Blessings; just the way Abraham received it. Despite all obstacles and impossibilities (old age, Sarah’s bareness) Abraham believed God’s promise.

 

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him (Abraham) as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. Hebrews 11:11-12

 

Since Jesus became the curse for us and paid the penalty for our sin, He made it possible for us to receive the blessings of Abraham which are forgiveness, healing, and provision for our material needs. Praise the Lord! It’s sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Whatever you may be going through, however impossible it may seem, however great the sin and guilt, Jesus has paved the way for you to receive the blessings of God. He has removed the curse. He has taken it (past tense) upon Himself! It is finished!

 

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

 

This Easter season we remember the death of our Lord Jesus and the power of His resurrection. Our prayer is that you receive the forgiveness of sins and redemption that Jesus alone provides, and that you would receive all the blessings of God in every area of your life. “Heavenly Father, You alone are Holy and your law is perfect. Yet I am sinful and fall so short of your heavenly standard. I am deserving of a curse and not a blessing. Thank you for providing a means for my atonement by offering Your Son Jesus as a sacrifice for my sins. He became a curse on my behalf and paid my debt in full. Thank you. By faith I receive all of your promised blessings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”