Have you ever felt as though you were cursed?
Maybe you notice that the same bad things keep happening again and again. You want a different outcome, but no matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. You end a relationship, but then find yourself attracted to another person with the same set of unhealthy traits as the person you broke up with. You join a new club hoping you will find “your place,” only to discover that connecting is just as much of a challenge as before.
If you do not believe in Jesus Christ and you feel this way, then you are right on. You are not being dramatic; you are not imagining things; you are not thinking fantastically. You are sensing a spiritual truth: we are born into this world under the curse of sin. The Bibles states in John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Way back when God made Adam and Eve, and Eve fell for Satan’s lie, disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit—God drove them out of the land of blessing to live the “fruit” of their disobedience (sin):
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this [deceived Eve], Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.”
Then to Adam [God] said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”
No amount of witchcraft, mind-manipulation, or positive thinking will break this binding curse on the world. All forms of life and goodness have been the grace and love of God, for the Bible states, “The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works,” (Psalm 145:9).
The LORD does not stop there. He sent Jesus Christ, His Son, as a man who suffered a criminal’s death in place of sinners. As a man, Jesus was tempted in all the ways that we are tempted, yet never sinned. He was crucified—hung by pegs through his hands—as though he had sinned, because He took on Himself the wrath (and the curse) of our sins, past, present, and future.
The LORD gave us Jesus to redeem us from the curse. Jesus removes the eternal wrath that abides on each of us, which damns us to the lake of fire where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:42)
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus took away the curse of sin and death?
Maybe you already believe in Jesus and you still feel cursed. I will discuss this in the next article.