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…Far as the Curse is Found

21 Dec

It’s Christmas season once again, and the airwaves are filled Christmas hymns and carols. Although not all these hymns and carols are sound, there are some that have deep and sound theological truths. As we approach Christmas I would like us to take some time to reflect on these songs.

The first hymn on the list is Joy to the World which was composed and written by Isaac Watts in the 18th Century and is based on Psalm 98. The third verse goes:

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,

far as the curse is found.

What a wonderful truth we have in these lyrics. When sin entered the world through Adam, it brought a curse on human race and the rest of creation (Gen. 3:14-19; Rom. 8:19-22). However, Christ came to reverse the curse so that man could be reconciled with God. He redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse himself on our behalf (Gal. 3: 13).

Now through him, the curse is removed and we enjoy all heavenly blessings in him (Gal. 3:14; Eph. 1:3). This is why Watts declares that Christ came to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found. In Christ, all those who were once cursed are declared righteous and there is no single part in their life that remains under a curse, for they become a new creation in him.

Oh, what a great message of joy we need to carry to the whole world.

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Posted by on December 21, 2015 in Christianity and theology

 

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2 responses to “…Far as the Curse is Found

  1. Grace Morton

    December 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    One of my favorite carols. The eschatology of the puritans comes through loud and clear.
    Our Lord Jesus reigns now over the nations. He will reign until all nations bow to Him and the last enemy death will be defeated. I have noticed most hymns and carols of the puritans rings loud and clear with this same message. Have a blessed Christmas my brother.

     
  2. conmakhalira

    December 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks my sister for this comment. Indeed the hymn is also viewed in eschatological light, and rightly so. The lyrics are full of the message of Christ’s reign and conquest over all and our enemies. Like the Puritans, this also is our hope. Blessed Christmas to you too.

     

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