Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. … When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. Galatians 3:13
A wee little baby was born with a purpose that defied understanding. He wasn’t born to be a teacher, or to tell stories about God, or to perform miracles, or to be king of Israel. He was born to reverse the curse that was pronounced in the Garden of Eden.
The curse came upon Adam and Eve when they failed to believe God about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Turning their back on belief, and then sealing it with an act of disobedience, ushered in immense consequences for them and every one of their descendants. Is it any wonder that Jesus would grow up to say, “Whoever believes in me, though He dies, yet shall He live.” Unbelief brought the curse. Belief in Jesus would free us from it.
The sin of unbelief was committed in a garden. Thirty-three years after little Jesus was born, He would enter another garden to deal with the weight of our curse and to give up His life to reverse it.
Every one of us who has embraced this little Savior and believed in Him is no longer cursed ~ but blessed. The theme of our life is not ‘paradise lost’ but ‘paradise restored.’ Barren landscapes, once brown and decayed by sin, are now lush and green. The likes of Psalm 23 are where we live. There is an expanse of green in every direction. We dare walk barefoot in tender grass without the fear of cutting our feet. We dare drink water from any pond or water source without fear of contamination. This is paradise and this little Savior, asleep in hay, shook our world with love and sacrifice. Futility and hopelessness were instantly banished with His words, “It is finished.”
I still believe and choose to act on it. Thank you, baby Jesus. Amen