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As Far As the Curse Is Found

If you love nature, then you are thrilled to see the majesty of the Rocky Mountains or stand in awe of the massive oceans or just enjoy the beauty of each season. However, none would argue that earth, with its incredible beauty, has flaws. We all live with the dread of earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornados, floods, and much more. The greatest of God’s creation is the human body; it is a wonder in itself. How do our organs function for seven or eight decades? Even so, there is the curse of sickness and old age that every human being must face. Can this world ever be fixed? Is there hope for all of us?

The curse that entered the Garden of Eden has spread all over the earth and through every heart. We all have sinned and come short of God’s glory, according to the Apostle Paul. We have made a mess of things, and Humpty Dumpty is broken, and there is no putting him back together. We need to be rescued! Jesus is our savior, and he came to set our hearts right, and one day, he will set the whole world right.

According to the Bible, every person who has embraced Christ as savior goes to heaven to be in God’s presence. Their body remains on this earth in its mortal stage. One day, however, God will usher in at the end of the age, a new heaven and new earth, which will descend from heaven. At that moment, our bodies will be resurrected and will be transformed into glorified bodies. It won’t matter if our body was buried, burned, our blown apart; God will put it back together. Our bodies will be much like Jesus’ body after his resurrection. According to the Bible, all human beings are eternal—will live forever with God or without him. The deciding factor is whether we accept or reject his Son, Jesus, as our savior. Paul summed up what happens to us when we receive Christ with these words: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21).

Heaven is for eternity, and we will be with Jesus. There will be no more sickness, no more dying, and no more death. Our bodies will be strong, not subject to aging. The pictures of heaven that the Apostle John gives us of heaven from his book of Revelation are marvelous. In heaven, there will be no sin, no wrong, no more failing. There will be no more broken bodies or broken hearts. Every longing heart will be filled with satisfaction because we will see God’s face (Rev 22:4-5).

John says, “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him” (Rev 22:3). That curse that began in the Garden of Eden will be gone forever. No more thorns will grow in our gardens, and no more thorns will puncture our hearts. As Isaac Watts wrote in Joy to the World, 

 

No more let sin and sorrow grow
Nor thorns infest the ground:
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

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