The Bandage Sign (Galatians 3:13)

In the United States, the tabloids and gossip columnists love to entertain us with speculation over whether a certain celebrity underwent cosmetic surgery. Usually a before and allegedly after photo are presented side by side and a detailed analysis pointing out the modifications is presented. Bottom line, most people in the United States are uncomfortable disclosing the fact that they had some type of cosmetic surgery performed upon them.

In some cultures, however, getting cosmetic surgery is sign of prestige and social status. A bandage on the bridge of the nose represents a recent cosmetic surgery, in this case, a nose job! Only people with a certain degree of money and social status can afford to get such a surgery. Thus, a surgical procedure that is sometimes hidden or not openly discussed in the United States, is proudly displayed in some other cultures. What is a mark of shame and embarrassment for one culture is badge of honor for another.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “ Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”
Galatians 3:13

Execution by crucifixion was one of the cruelest forms of death. It was only reserved for the worst of criminals and was considered the most humiliating form of death. Indeed, to even mention crucifixion was a source of great shame. The Apostle Paul reminds us that Christ Jesus endured this humiliation and torture on the Cross to redeem us of our sins. He endured the shame on the Cross and because of this, all who believe in the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His resurrection will be saved from their sins.

Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for His sacrifice for you. He took the shame and humiliation of the Cross and made it our symbol of hope and triumph!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.