Friday, March 25, 2016

The Pioneer of Our Faith

UV 1708/10000 The Pioneer of Our Faith
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3 v 13
The law being perfect and we being imperfect cannot match up to the full requirements of the law of God. The gap between us and the law is sin or shortcoming or the curse of “hamartia.” The one who does not continue in all the ways written in the law is cursed. It is also the trainer’s and the performer’s curse that in whatever our goals, we fall short of it. Significantly in chapter 28 of the book of law of Moses- Deuteronomy, more verses prescribe and describe the curses of disobedience of the law than the blessings of obedience. The law came by the hand of Moses not to save us but to establish that we have fallen short of the glory and perfection of the Lord. Christ the One anointed by God to be the Messiah became the very curse to redeem us from the curse of sin. We move by faith from the shadow or presence of sin to the shadow or presence of God.

The law would always remind us of our unrighteousness and our guilt while the mercy and grace of Jesus would blot out our account, our moral and spiritual debts to the Lord. The gospel is not just good news but great news that we have made a transition from darkness to light, shortcoming to fulfilment, failure to success, law to grace, spiritual death to eternal life, curses to abundant blessings, strife to peace, disease to health and healing.

Jesus hung on a tree to break the curse of sin on humanity. His blood was shed on the cross to atone forever for all sin that any human repented about. His body was broken like the alabaster jar of Mary Magdalene to send out the sweet perfume of God’s love wafting to all souls who chose to believe. Judas also hanged on a tree and was cursed. But Judas being sinful and not having repented about betraying Jesus condemned himself to eternal death and misery. But sin and death could not hold Jesus a prisoner. He broke the power of sin and death and so pioneered a new way of faith for mankind to live forever.
Prateep V Philip

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