INTERNATIONALE MARTIN LUTHER STIFTUNG

The daily Luther

5th April

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written (Deuteronomy 21, (xxiii)), Cursed is every one that hangeth on a cross.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

Cover of "Luther Breviary"
Cover of "Luther Breviary"

The daily Luther

5th April

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written (Deuteronomy 21, (xxiii)), Cursed is every one that hangeth on a cross.

Galatians 3 (xiii)

We should accept this teaching with thanksgiving and with confident faith, for it is sweet beyond measure and brings complete consolation. It tells us that Christ, having become a curse for our sake - that is, a sinner who has been delivered to the wrath of God - takes our sin onto His shoulders, saying: "I am the one who has done the sin that all people have committed." This is how He really did become a curse according to the law. Yet He did not do this for Himself but, as Saint Paul says: for us! And for taking on our sin of His own free will, He had to bear the punishment and anger of God. This was not on account of His Own Person, which was righteous and over which sin could never have any dominion, but on our account. By doing so He entered into a blessed exchange. He accepted our sinful nature and gave us His innocent, victorious nature.

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