Living Under the Curse
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." -Isaiah 53:5
It is true that disease flows from the curse God pronounced on us after Adam’s rebellion. It is also true that Jesus came to reverse this curse. But does this mean Christians shouldn’t have to put up with cancer, Down syndrome, Lyme disease or Alzheimer’s? We’d like to think that since Jesus came to take up our diseases, there should be healing for everything from migraines to menopausal sweats. But that’s akin to saying: “There’s an oak in every acorn – so take this acorn and start sawing planks for picnic tables.” Or it’s like saying, “Congress just passed a Clean Water Act, so tomorrow morning Manhattan residents can start drinking from the East River.” Forty years will pass before that oak is ready for lumbering. Purging industrial ooze out of a river will take decades.
And so it is with Jesus’ reversal of sin’s curse (and the suffering that goes with it). What Jesus began doing to sin and its results won’t be complete until the Second Coming. The purchase of salvation was complete and the outcome was settled with certainty. But the application of salvation to God's people was anything but finished. God “has saved” us, yet we are still “being saved” (I Corinthians 1:18). We are still on earth… this means we’re still going to feel the influence of that old curse. At least until heaven!
First Corinthians 15:45 calls Jesus “the last Adam” who came to undo the curse triggered in the Garden of Eden – but this summer you’ll still be wrestling with weeds in your backyard, as well as a backache from all that hoeing. Only in Paradise will it be said, “No longer will there be any curse” (Revelation 22:3).
Jesus, thank you that you saved me… and that I am still being saved. I look to that day in heaven when there will be no more sorrow, sickness, disease or death!