In Genesis 17, God comes to Abraham and says this: “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:7).
That everlasting covenant has both a genetic lineage and a spiritual lineage.
The Jewish people represent the genetic lineage. Jews today are all descendants of Abraham. They are special by covenant, and God’s promised blessing is the reason the Jews are so profoundly successful, despite being an incredibly small population of men and women who have endured centuries of persecution. With all the things that have been done to the Jews, it is unmistakable that they are blessed.
But Jews are not the only people in Abraham’s bloodline. Here’s what the apostle Paul said about the death of Jesus: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13-14).
Through His death on the cross, Jesus made it possible for Gentiles—people who are not Jews—to benefit from the bloodline blessing God gave to Abraham. Jesus died to pay for our sins and remove the curse of sin. He has given us a new bloodline.
The Jewish people greet each other with the word shalom. It means “may the total blessing of God be upon you.”
Here’s what I want you to understand: Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we could be kind of blessed. He didn’t die so we could be mostly blessed. Jesus died on the cross so we could be totally and completely blessed. That is the good news of the Gospel.
However, most Christians aren’t living their lives within this blessing. They are living their lives waiting for a curse. When you go to a doctor and have to fill out the paperwork, they always want to know your family history. Does cancer run in your family? Does heart disease or stroke? Many of us live our lives just waiting for some terrible medical news—a genetic curse—to hit us.
I saw a woman on television one day. She was in her 40s and telling a story about her family. “My grandmother died of breast cancer,” she said. “My mother died of breast cancer. All my aunts died of breast cancer. My sister died of breast cancer.” So this woman was having an elective double mastectomy and was worried about her daughters’ future.
She and her family felt cursed because they had a polluted bloodline. I also have a polluted bloodline—and not just because my family history is full of cancer. My great-grandfather was a bootlegger in Tennessee. That’s how my family ended up in Texas. They were fleeing from the law. I also have horse thieves, bank robbers and other criminals in my bloodline.
But Jesus paid for those sins. He died to remove that curse. For the woman whose family has been overwhelmed with breast cancer, Jesus died to remove that curse, too.
Paul wrote that “Christ has redeemed us.” In the original Greek, the word we translate redeemed means to buy back. He bought us back from the curse of the law of sin and death. He received the curse of sin and sickness buried within our bloodlines so we didn’t have to live under its control.
In other words, we all have a cursed bloodline, but Jesus resolved it. When you give your life to Him and understand the purpose of the cross—to pay for our sins, resolve the polluted bloodline, and transfer the blessing of Abraham to you and me—then you can live knowing the curse of your bloodline has been redeemed.
Every malady, every disease, every curse in your family bloodline can be broken in the name of Jesus. So don’t live your life under a curse. Instead, live knowing the death of Jesus has released you into freedom. You are blessed because of Jesus and you can walk in the grace of that blessing today.