We always talk about how Christ hung on the cross at Calvary, taking the burden of our sin on His shoulders that we may have eternal life and enjoy an intimate relationship with the Father. We hear how Christ hung himself on the cross and did not perform the miracle of taking himself off of that cross to “prove” his divinity.
However, after reading through Galatians, I came to find that Christ didn’t not perform a miracle, what He did was perform a different miracle. Galatians 3:13,14 says:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (NLT)
I didn’t see this for the longest time, but now, it has given me a deeper understanding of what it meant for Christ to die upon that cross. The miracle that Christ performed was his ability to stay alive long enough to hang on that tree and take on the curse that the old law spoke of.
Christ came that we may have life and have it to the fullest (John 10:10). In order for us to walk in the fullness of life, Christ had to come, not only to take on our sinful nature, but also to take on the curse of the old law and to fulfill the prophetic law. This even furthers God’s message of liberation and freedom. Typically, when one was hung on a cross, after taking lashes, and then Jesus Christ having his guts poured out of his body as they split his stomach and his sides wide open, they would have died early on in the hanging, simply due to the amount of torture they had encountered prior to being put on the tree.
However, Christ, knowing the law, miraculously kept himself alive long enough to hang on the tree, completely washed in the Blood, to take on our sins and the curses of humanity.
I know that’s not a long or deep theological message, but it truly speaks to the miraculous, merciful and just might of the one true and living God. That is just barely brushing the surface of Galatians, it is chock-full of truth that God is sharing through Paul. I encourage everyone to take an hour or two and really read through the book of Galatians and see what truths God wants to reveal in your life.