No longer will there be any curse . . . “For the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 22:3, 21:4)
What a word of encouragement these verses provide for us today! There is a time coming when there will no longer be any curse, for the old order of things—a world filled with sin, disease, death, and despair—will have passed away. But even before that great and glorious day, when Jesus returns and consummates His Kingdom completely, He is already reversing the curse inside of each one of us. That work began in us on the day that God, by grace through faith, raised us from death to life and we surrendered control of our lives to Him.
The curse was a result of Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden. God gave paradise to our first parents with only one prohibition—just one—and, sure enough, they did what they were told not to do and plunged all of creation into a cosmic curse. God first pronounced His curse upon Satan for deceiving the woman and tempting her to turn away from God; next, God cursed the woman, increasing her suffering in childbirth; and then He cursed the man, who would live a life of toil amongst thorns and thistles. It was a paradise lost.
But God also made a promise of blessing: He promised that the Seed of the woman would come to crush the serpent’s head. Jesus is the fulfillment of that divine promise. He came to reverse the curse. His sinless life, sacrificial death, and supernatural resurrection destroyed the works of the devil. Jesus ultimately became the death of death.
Jesus made a way for us to get back into a right relationship with God. When we transfer our trust to Christ, we are given the first fruit of the reversed curse: our justification—peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the first thing Adam and Eve lost when they sinned. They were in fear of God and ran from Him, hiding in the bushes. But Jesus has reversed this curse for every Christian. The Christian may approach God with “freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12). Yet that divine reversal will not be complete until we get to the other side of the grave . . . or until the day Jesus returns on the clouds of heaven.
So how should this truth instruct our lives? We must remember that, inasmuch as the curse was reversed when Jesus conquered the grave, we will continue to experience the curse on our way into glory. We are still broken people living in a broken world, and things don’t always go the way we hope or expect them to. When we find ourselves experiencing a bit of the curse in some area of our life experience, we must remember that the day is coming when there will no longer be any curse, for the old order of things will have passed away.
May that promise empower you to rise above the challenges of daily living, knowing that He who began a good work in you will one day bring it to completion.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!