"My guilt became his burden. My shame became his sacrifice."
- What did it mean to God to make his son a curse for you?
- How does that fact grip your heart right now?
- What can you do to thank him for such an overwhelming act of love?
00:06 Hey, have you ever had a bible verse that literally broke your heart? I mean, that just drove you to your knees in tears? Today I want to share you with you one that broke mine. We're in Galatians chapter 3 verse 13,14, 22 and 26. Listen to this. In verse 13 it says this, "Christ 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. In order that in Christ Jesus, the blessing of Abraham might come to the gentiles so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. But the scripture has shut up everyone under sin so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe, for you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ."
01:07 That's awesome! Over 700 years before Jesus became a living reality and his sacrificial death on the cross became an eternal invitation, the Prophet Isaiah described God's intentions and his method in intricate detail. In chapter 53, he prophesized this: "He was pierced through for our transgression. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening of our wellbeing fell upon him, and by his scorching we are healed, by the stripes on his back we;re healed. All of us, like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned his own way, but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him. But the Lord was pleased to crush him, putting him to grieve, if he would render himself is a guilt offering." Unbelievable!
02:05 I played defensive line, I was a nose man and I endured many crushing Saturday afternoons at stadiums around America. But, I'm telling you something, when I first came to grips with this verse that he became a curse for me, I sobbed literally for an hour, like a little boy who had lost his first girlfriend. Man, I couldn't squelch the sadness that welled up in my heart for this dear man who, although (this is from Philippians 2) he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but Paul said he emptied himself by becoming a bond servant and taking the form of man and being made in the likeness of man. He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also, Paul said, God highly exalted Him and bestowed upon him the name that is above every other name; that at the of Jesus, every knee should bow, all because He loved me and loved you. And He wanted to have a close, personal, intimate friendship with you, with me as a father who just adopted his favorite son. His curse became my salvation. My guilt became his burden. His purity became my perfection. My shame became his sacrifice.
03:32 And here's the questions today. What did it mean to God to make his son a curse for you? How does that fact grip your heart right now? And then thirdly: What can you do to thank him for such an overwhelming act of love? And then the lifeline today is this: It has been said that a man is no fool to give up what he cannot keep in exchange for what he cannot lose.