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.

 

Isaac Watts’ hymn, “Joy to the World,” published in 1719, makes a powerful statement in the third verse - Christ’s blessings flow as far as the curse is found. What curse? In describing Heaven, Revelation 22:3 states: “No longer will there be any curse.” What curse? We sing about it and read about it. Of Christ it is written he redeemed us “by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). What is this curse Christ became? Isaac Watts packed a tremendous truth in that third verse. The work of Christ washes over everything accursed.

 

The ground, this Earth, was “cursed” by God as a result of Adam’s sin. Before the sin, Adam could eat the fruit in the Garden, including the fruit from the Tree of Life. After he sinned, he and his wife were cast out of the Garden. Now he had to sweat and work the soil. Now he had to deal with thorns and thistles. Now he had a body that was aging “for dust you are and to dust you will return." Painful toil, ground that was unproductive, and bodies that would die - that is the curse. And that is life now.

 

What is missing in Heaven? The curse. There you will have satisfying service. You will live on the New Earth that will not work against you. You will have a resurrected body that will never return to the dust, a body free of disease and pain. The blessings that flow from the Second Adam totally flood over any of the curse from the first Adam.

 

You have never seen the Earth the way God intended it. You have never seen it like Adam did. But in the Second Adam, you’ll see even more.

 

 

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