For many people, the holidays are a time of sorrow as they remember loved ones they have lost over the years. But Christmas offers real hope to those sufferers–and to all of us.
Christ came to earth, of course, to save us from our sins and the wrath and punishment that those sins deserve. But on a very basic level, Jesus came to reverse the curse of Genesis 3. We see it ultimately in His death on the cross, where He crushed Satan (Gen. 3:15), defeated death, and offered Himself as the perfect and final sacrifice to satisfy the justice of God the Father. But we still live in a fallen world, where the effects of the curse are still very much around us. And sometimes, when we are hurting, it is hard to find comfort, when all we wish was that our loved one was still with us. But take another look at Jesus’ first coming to earth.
Jesus’ entire ministry while physically on earth was about reversing the curse. Yes, we still experience sorrow and death. We live in a time of “already, but not yet.” Jesus defeated death when He rose from the dead, but we still face death in this in-between time, while we await Christ’s second coming. But in the gospels, we see a glimpse of what the world will be in the new heaven and the new earth (Rev. 21). Every one of Jesus’ miracles was a reverse of the curse. Sick people healed. Demons cast out. The dead raised to life. Even the sea (a symbol of chaos to people back then) calmed. Each miracle was a real, physical example–a pledge or promise, if you will–of God’s words in Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
If you are hurting this Christmas season, read the accounts of Jesus’ miracles that we find in the four gospels, and let them give you comfort. Jesus Christ came to reverse the curse. And because we see Him do so 2,000 years ago, in the gospel accounts, we know that we can trust Him to do so, ultimately and finally, in the future. Reversing the curse was God’s plan from the beginning (Gen. 3:15) to the end (Rev. 21:5). We’re in the middle right now, asking, “Are we there yet? How much longer?” Do not fear. Two thousand years ago, in Bethlehem, Jesus came to reverse the curse.