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, far as, the curse is found.
The Bloody Sock. That’s all you have to say to a Red Sox fan and they will know exactly what you are talking about. In 2004 with the Red Sox facing another elimination game to extend their 86-year championship drought, Curt Schilling threw an unbelievable game 6 to force a game 7, which the Red Sox won. The Red Sox ended the “Curse of the Bambino” that year which started when they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919.
Curses seem to be synonymous with pain and drought.
The curse caused by sin is the curse mentioned here in this verse of Joy to the World. This curse may not be the most well known curse, but it is certainly the curse people have the most intimate experience with.
“And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God there is now a curse on all of humanity. This curse affects everything we do. Because of God’s grace we aren’t as bad as we could possibly be, yet everything we do has been affected by sin and this curse. It’s why hatred exists. It’s why there is murder, racism, greed, pain, sickness, death and poverty in the world.
We can do nothing to break this curse. We can try to limit it’s damage and reach, but we can do nothing to remove it. But there is someone who can…
In Isaiah 43 says,
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
Then Isaiah 53:5 says,
“But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.”
We sinned against God and brought the curse of sin. And God did the unthinkable. He paid the penalty for us. The perfect Son of God paid the punishment of death that our curse required for us who sinned against him. Or as Paul puts in Galatians 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…”
Jesus is the great curse breaker. As dry and parched land drink up water after a long drought, those who are cursed because of sin drink in Jesus’ death and resurrection and the forgiveness it brings. From his side flowed blood and water and that stream flows as far as the curse is found. To hurting and broken marriages, to the depressed and hopeless, to the greedy and selfish, to the terrorist filled with hate, to the sick, to the poor, to the lonely. Jesus breaks the power of sin and darkness. As JRR Tolkien wrote, “Everything sad is going to come untrue.”
**This is the third post in a series of 4 posts.**
3rd Post: The Great Curse Breaker