We sing it in the third stanza of “Joy to the World.” It’s a proclamation, a promise of what happens at Christmas: “He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”
Jesus, the Christmas carol reminds us, arrived with great purpose: to reverse all the weary and broken and sad and corrupt things of our lives. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found!
It’s good news. Because the curse is not hard to find.
You know this is true.
The curse is found in the heavy sighs of exhaustion at the end of long days.
The curse is found in the tears of hurt, after someone speaks thoughtless words or leaves or doesn’t care.
The curse is found in the heartache of unimaginable loss. Sudden, unexpected, harsh, unfair loss.
The curse is found in my own sinful heart, full of self and full of shame.
The curse is not hard to find.
But in verse three of “Joy to the World,” we sing out these glad words: The blessings of Jesus are now flowing in all the places the curse once occupied.
Christmas means that now, in place of the curse, we are offered Jesus’ blessings – His Gospel blessings. Now, rather than the curse, we are extended real and eternal companionship with God Himself. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.
How? Because Jesus took the curse on Himself. He became the curse (Galatians 3:13). He absorbed the curse, and in His death unraveled its grip on our universe.
Jesus' blessings flow to every shadow of the curse’s dominion. To every corner. His blessings are bellowing forth to the deepest cursed darkness of depression and fear and anxiety and guilt and emptiness and loneliness and grief.
His blessings are coming. That’s the good news of Christmas. His blessings are flowing, overwhelming the curse.
And some day – oh, good news! – no trace of the curse of sin and death will remain. All the weary and broken and sad and corrupt things of our lives will be reversed forever by Jesus, our curse-taker, at His second advent. Jesus will fully and finally make all things new. Believe it; sing it strongly.
Merry Christmas. He has come to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.