We often focus on the beauty of the cross, as we should! We miss however its absolute horror as well. Christ became cursed upon the cross for our salvation. Mocked, flogged, beaten, pierced and abandoned for our sakes no less. He took upon Himself the full wrath of the Father towards sinners.
Jesus was cursed so we don’t have to be. Knowing that harsh reality is sobering. He did not die upon the cross because it was an “option.” It was the only means of reconciling us unto a holy, absoluely righteous, God with absolute wrath towards sin and sinners and absolute love and mercy. The cross is the scale by which those traits are balanced out…in our favor nonetheless
Much thanksgiving is brought about by realizing that fact. Further, we can clearly see the cost, horror, and seriousness of sin. God, the omnisient, omnipresent, holy, creator and sustainer of all was cursed on our behalf. He hung where we ought!
“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 pole” (Galatians 3:13).
Father, God thank You so much for all You have done for sinners like me. The cross is a harsh and truly remarkable picture of sins result, and an incredible testimony of your absolute love. May we always give you much thanks and praise: always remembering our Redeemer who hung cursed in our sted. By your power may we preach the wonder of your grace, and meditate upon the marvel of the cross often all to your praise! may we see sin for what it is: it’s absolute filth and the horror it brought and brings. Praise You Lord, Jesus for becoming a curse on our behalf: we love and adore You, in Your blessed name. amen