Galatians #3 – I am Redeemed:
“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 does it mean that the Lord Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law? I think these two stories best help to illustrate the concept of redemption…
TOM’S BOAT: Tom carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed! Tom sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tom tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream. Tom ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom sadly went home.
A few days later, on the way home from school, Tom spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see – sure enough – it was his! Tom hurried to the store manager: “Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!”
“Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar.” The poor little guy didn’t have any money, but he worked hard and saved his pennies. Finally, one day he had enough money. He went in and bought the little boat. As he left the store holding the boat close to him, he was heard saying, “You’re my boat. You’re twice my boat. First you’re my boat ’cause I made you and second you’re my boat ’cause I bought you!”
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: There is an old story that Abraham Lincoln went down to the slave block to buy back a slave girl. As she looked at the white man bidding on her, she figured he was another white man, going to buy her and then abuse her. He won the bid and as he was walking away with his property, he said, “Young lady, you are free.” She said, “What does that mean?” “It means you are free.”
“Does that mean,” she said, “That I can be whatever I want to be?” Lincoln said, “Yes, you can be whatever you want to be.” “Does that mean I can go wherever I want to go?” He said, “Yes, you can go wherever you want to go.” And the girl, with tears streaming down her face, said, “Then I will go with you.” As Christians, we were bought back by the Lord—His own, lovingly, wonderfully, set free.
The Bible says, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” (Galatians 3:10-11). In other words, if you try to be right with God on the basis of your good works, you are under a curse unless you are able to perfectly keep all of God’s commandments all of your life. And of course we know that’s impossible. That’s why God sent His Son Jesus to come into the world, to perfectly fulfill the law, and then to give His life as a sacrifice on the Cross for our sins. You and I were slaves to sin and Satan, and yet Jesus Christ has redeemed us – He has bought us back – and now we are His! Not only did He pay the price for our sins, He WAS the price for our sins – on the Cross, He took the punishment that we deserved, so that we could be saved.
May this truth challenge you to live your life 100% for the Lord Jesus Christ, who became a curse for us, so that we might receive the blessing of Abraham, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Adoption, through faith. “For you are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus…And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:26,29).
Suggested Bible Reading for Today: Galatians 3