Jesus took the curse so that we can be reconciled to the Father
Moses and Joshua wrote an account of the giving of the Law to the surviving Israelites before they conquered the Promised Land. In these verses, the author speaks about how to handle a body that was hung or impaled after being executed, which was a common practice for the Israelites and the region. It was meant to serve as a warning during war or to make an example out of criminals who committed capital crimes. The body was to be buried before sunset so that the land would not be cursed because of the body. God did not curse the body because it was hanging. Rather the body was already cursed because of the breaking of the Law. The act displayed publicly the separation of the person from God's people for breaking the Law. So, Paul's reference to Jesus' death in Galatians 3:13 is especially poignant because He took the curse that we should all be suffering for breaking the Law although He did nothing wrong.
Jesus took the penalty for sinful humanity. We participate in His death vicariously when we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior. We are them sealed by the Holy Spirit and will experience a new life now as well as a future eternal life with the Father. We can never earn that. It is a gift from God because of His love, grace, and mercy. That is truly good news that must be shared.
Peter C. Craigie, The Book of Deuteronomy, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1976), 285-6.
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