Since COVID-19 has disrupted our normal schedule and routine, my family and I have been joining the online gatherings of two different churches. One of them is Southeast Christian with Pastor Kyle Idleman. His name might sound familiar to you because he wrote the bestseller, Not A Fan. Now he’s the senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America.
Kyle Idleman has been preaching a series called “Reverse the Curse,” which delves into what happened during Adam and Eve’s sin in Genesis 3, the subsequent fall out and consequences that we’re still dealing with today, and the glorious revelation that Jesus is the great curse reverser. Jesus reverses the curse of sin and gives us new life in Him. He takes what was broken and makes it whole. He brings beauty from ashes and breathes new life to what was once dead.
However, before Jesus could become our curse reverser, He needed to bear the full weight of our curse. He needed to become sin for us. Isaiah 53 so eloquently conveys the depth of what Jesus endured to bear the weight of sin and its curse for us.
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
“Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.”
Today is Good Friday, a day which we, as followers of Jesus, take time to remember the immense sacrifice of our Savior. In the midst of the current pandemic, we are feeling more strongly the weight of the curse of sin. We see the chaos and crisis our broken world is in, and we feel the suffering and despair pain and death bring.
However, because of the cross, we can have hope. Because of that day over two thousand years ago, we are saved. Jesus bore the weight of all our sin, all our shame, all our pain, on that cross. He who knew no sin became sin for us and stood in our place before the judgment seat of God. Jesus bore God’s wrath so that we would never have to. He entered the grave and took God’s just punishment for sin upon Himself so that we might be spared.
Therefore, let’s remember the sacrifice of our King. Let’s not forget the great lengths Jesus went to redeem us—His beloved. Let’s solemnly reflect on Calvary’s hill and not take lightly what Jesus endured for our sake.
Jesus is our curse reverser—because He bore the curse of sin for us. So let’s remember and thank Him with soft hearts, open hands, and a grateful spirit. For He gave up everything for us that we might be washed white in the blood of the Lamb.
Thank you, Jesus!
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