Today I have been spending some time preparing for Sunday’s message. We will begin a new series entitled “Celebrating the Songs of Christmas” Our goal is to teach on some of the great biblical and theological truths that we sing at Christmas.
This week as we gather for worship we will sing one of the most famous Christmas hymns “Joy to the World.” Think with me for just a moment on the third verse of “Joy to the World.” The great hymn writer Isaac Watts wrote, “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.” We know that from beginning to end the Scriptures teach that sin has left its curse on all creation and mankind.
With that in mind, reflect for a moment on these words from Paul in Galatians 3:13-14, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
Let’s let that sink in! Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us!
And we can rest assured that when God calls our name and we respond by faith that there is an entire removal of the curse that was upon us! I love how C.H. Spurgeon spoke of this:
“When Christ pardoneth, he pardoneth all sin; the sins of twice ten thousand years he pardoned in an hour…Mark that “all!” That sin of midnight; that black sin which, like a ghost, has haunted thee all thy life; that hideous crime; that unkown act of blackness which hath darkened thy character; that awful stain upon thy conscience–they shall be all taken away. And though thou hast a stain upon that hand–a stain which thou hast often sought to wash out by all the mixtures that Moses can give thee–thou shalt find, when thou art bathed in Jesus’ blood, that thou shalt be able to say, “All clean my Lord, all clean; not a spot now; all is gone: I am completely washed from head to foot; the stains are all removed.” It is the glory of this removal of the curse that is all taken away; there is not a single atom left. Hushed now is the law’s loud thunder; the sentence is entirely reversed, and there is no fear left.” (You can read the whole sermon here)
Thank you Lord Jesus for the profound truth that You have, “…redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…” and because of this truth we can stand before You and say “All clean, my Lord, all clean.”