Jesus was made a curse when he hung on a cross. The Bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit’ ” (Galatians 3:13-14).

A divine exchange was made upon Christ’s cross. All of the generational curses that hang over our lives were abolished when he gave his life for us all. These curses are like a dark shadow or an evil hand from the past that oppresses, holds us down, trips us up, and propels us into a direction that we do not wish to take. They are generally experienced in a negative atmosphere that surrounds us wherein we are never totally free.

Isaiah prophesied about the ministry of Jesus when he said, “Surely he took up OUR infirmities and carried OUR sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for OUR transgressions, he was crushed for OUR iniquities; the punishment that brought US peace was upon him, and by his wounds WE are healed” (Isaiah 53:3-4).

He took our sickness, our sorrows, our transgressions, our iniquities, our lack of peace, our poverty, and our rejection. He exchanged our problems with his health, his righteousness, his peace, his freedom, his prosperity, and his acceptance. What a raw deal for him, but a great deal for us!

He was cursed so that we might be redeemed to inherit all of the blessings of God by Christ. Our deliverance was completed in the past, but must be accepted by faith in the present. If we do not receive what Christ finished, we will unnecessarily bear these curses upon our own heads.

– Apostle Phillip A. Walker