Pastor Tim Romero
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Deuteronomy 21:22–23 (ESV): "22 "And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance."
Criminals and lawbreakers are condemned to crucifixion, not the perfect sinless Son of God who always did the Father's will. Yet for our sake, Jesus became condemned and hung on a tree so we could be free! Hallelujah, Praise the One who paid my debt and rises life up from the dead.
The law requires criminals to be hung on a tree. The debt of their crime was not satisfied by this but only judged. The debt would exist for all of eternity. That is how horrible sin is in God's eyes. The only remedy for our sin and only hope for the removal of the stain is the sinless blood of a perfect, spotless Lamb! The Lord commanded that the body of the criminal be removed and buried the same day. This is all a prophetic picture of the day when the Son of man would appear and give His life a ransom for many.
Paul quoted this verse in Galatians 3:13 "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree." He who knew no sin became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God. How loved do you feel right now? Jesus came to remove the curse and condemnation that belonged to you and I. He has paid the price, any who crown Him Lord of their lives by faith are washed clean the debt is satisfied. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Take a moment today and thank the Lord for what He has done.
Father, we give You glory and honor and praise this morning because You are God and You deserve our adoration and worship despite anything You have done. We thank You for giving us Your Son and offering us complete forgiveness and eternal life as a result. May we never forget the great things You have done. We surrender our lives to You when now. Take them and use them as You see fit we pray in Jesus name, amen!