Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Now take it all to hell!"

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us." Galatians 3:13

Martin Luther's commentary on this verse suggests God the Father, out of love for sinners, laying upon his crucified Son the iniquity of them all with an assertion like this: "You be Peter the denier, you be Paul the persecutor, you be David the adulterer, you be Ray all-of-the-above. I make their guilt your guilt. Now take it all to hell!" And Christ did. The cross took him deep into the hell of God's curse. Then on the third day he rose again -- but not with our guilt. The cross had taken it far away, and it isn't coming back.

See Martin Luther, A Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, page 272.