Redeemed From a Curse
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 5 Thursday
What was the “Curse”? Who was responsible for the “Curse”? How was mankind redeemed from the “Curse”?
Which Law lens are you looking through?
From the Lesson:
“The word redeem means “to buy back.” It was used to refer to the ransom price paid to release hostages or the price paid to free a slave. Because the wages of sin is death, the curse of failing to keep the law was often a death sentence. The ransom paid for our salvation was not insignificant; it cost God the life of His own Son (John 3:16). Jesus ransomed us from the curse by becoming our sin-
bearer (1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23). He voluntarily took our curse upon Himself and suffered in our behalf the full penalty of sin(2 Cor. 5:21).”
But as you know, as he hung on the cross, he was tempted to doubt his Father. The very thing we’ve been discussing. Because being in that condition all the evidence seemed to be to the contrary, and all the people around him would say, “You couldn’t be the Son of God! You couldn’t be a saint! Look at the condition you’re in. Remember Job? You must be a sinner, accursed and hanging on the tree.” And remember, “Cursed is the one who hangs on the tree.” They were very clear. You had to be a sinner. And he was tempted to doubt what he’d been saying about his Father. “Satan, with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb.” See, he’d limited himself as a human. “Hope did not present to him his coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell him of the Father’s acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that their separation was to be eternal.
As he experienced this separation from his Father, so great was this agony, that his physical pain was hardly felt. With amazement angels witnessed the Saviour’s despairing agony.” Note the words, agony, fear, consternation. He was really tempted to doubt all that he had been teaching. He even wondered if he would rise again.
He may have been tempted to believe this legal explanation. The second death is, you die and stay dead forever. And if he was going to pay the price for sin, he would have to die, and stay dead forever. He would never rise again. But he didn’t come to pay that penalty. He came to answer the questions, and as soon as he had answered them—but he did wait over Sabbath, to add more meanings to the Sabbath, so that every Sabbath we would remember the questions he had answered on Friday. And then he arose a great while before it was day, and he hastened to heaven. And he said to Mary, “Don’t detain me! I have to hasten to heaven.” And he appeared before his Father, and the angels, and he said, “Was it enough?” To pay the price of sin? “No,” they could have said, “You’re supposed to stay dead for eternity. You hurry back! We’ll not let anybody know you were out.” They never said such a thing! They said, “It is more than enough. You’ve cleared up all our questions. You’ve confirmed our trust without fear for eternity.” And he came back down to see if the twelve had got the message, and they were all in a deep depression. It took him a long time to revive them.
And to this present day, do we really accept what he came to reveal at such infinite cost, that he does not wish to be served from fear? The Father will no more kill us at the end of the millennium than he killed his Son. Which leads some to believe that he did kill his Son as he will kill the wicked at the end. How have you worked this out yourself?