“No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow, far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found.” (The third verse of “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts)
The reversal of the curse is promised in
the coming of the Messiah and the fulfillment of His atoning work. Implicit in this
third verse is the promise of the new creation. We live in light of that
promise, even as we look back to Bethlehem and as we celebrate Christmas.
But look carefully at the reference to
the curse. Christ’s victory over sin is declared to extend “far as the curse is
He redeemed us from the curse by
becoming a curse for us. The sinless Son of God became incarnate as the Word
became flesh and dwelled among us. That sinless Son of God became sin for us,
in order that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). He
became a curse for us, by hanging on a tree, in fulfillment of Scripture…
How far does the gospel reach, and to
what lengths must it be taken? Far as the curse is found. Go and preach. Go and
tell. Teach the good news that Christ has redeemed us from the curse by
becoming a curse for us.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
-- R. Albert Mohler, Jr.