In this Christmas season, we Christians joyfully sing the carols, “Joy to the World!”, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, “Silent Night! Holy Night!”, and so on.
While I was singing the third stanza of “Joy to the World”, it took me to ponder the word “curse”. In Genesis chapter three, we read about our first parents Adam and Eve were cursed by God because of their sin. Our mother Eve instead of obeying God’s Word, she obeyed the Serpent’s word. Our father Adam instead of obeying to God’s Word, he obeyed his wife’s word.
We read that God cursed the man, woman, serpent, and the earth.
The result of the curse was enormous. Because man was removed from the communion with God, sorrow, hatred, chaos, darkness, poverty, sickness, destruction and death entered the life of man. All through the Old Testament we see the result of sin and curse. The Old Testament ends with the word curse.
But God is the greatest lover. God so loved the world. God’s love and mercy is more powerful than sin and curse. Even though curse and death came because of sin, with the curse, at the very beginning came THE PROMISE – the promise of the Messiah – the promise of Christmas and Calvary. God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). The woman’s seed (realized on the virgin birth of Christ) was to bruise the serpent’s head (realized on Calvary’s Cross). That was the promise! That was the beginning of the Good News (Gospel).
He came to bruise the serpent’s head. He did that on Calvary’s Cross. He paid the death penalty for us and shouted from the cross “it is finished”.
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil”(Hebrews. 2:14).
He died, was buried and on the third day rose again from the dead.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)
So, what’s in it for us – the believers of Jesus Christ?
In the place of sorrow we have joy!
In the place of chaos we have peace!
In the place of hatred we have love!
In the place of darkness we have light!
In the place of poverty we have wealth!
In the place of sickness we have health!
In the place of destruction we have protection!
In the place of death we have life – Eternal Life!
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:52).
The promise is still in force. Glory is still to come. We wait for the consummation. We wait for the day of his appearing. That day we will see our Greatest Lover face to face in our glorified bodies. Finally, we will be free of sorrow, sickness, death and live eternally with our Savior.
“He comes to make His blessings flow – Far as the curse is found.”
Hallelujah! Have a Merry Christmas!