Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree

(OPB: KJV)

The reference is to Deuteronomy 21:22-23:

21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

(OPB: KJV)

I think this is very interesting: that Jesus did not only die for us, He was cursed for us — cursed by God.

Slightly related is a blog post I came across recently — Jesus, Chesterton, Zizek — some comments by G. K. Chesterton and Slavoj Žižek on Christ’s last words on the cross.

Mark 15:34

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

G. K. Chesterton

When the world shook and the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from the cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God.

Slavoj Žižek

In the standard form of atheism, God dies for men who stop believing in Him; in Christianity, God dies for Himself.

(The full Chesterton and Žižek quotes are definitely worth reading on the blog referenced above.)

When we think about the reduction and humiliation visited upon Jesus — by people, but especially by His Father — the Bible itself is clear that the depths should not be underestimated.

Why? Why was such humiliation necessary? Because life will throw us every challenge and humiliation we can take, and more; because death is never convenient or polite or nice; because dying is part of living; because we are Him and He is one of us.

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