From Curse to Christ
The last word in the OT is the word “curse.” (Mal 4:6) The opening verse of the NT tells us of Jesus Christ. (Matt 1:1) From curse to Christ; isn’t that great for man?
The word curse summarizes the sinful state of man’s defiance to God’s law in the OT. “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” (Gal 3:10)
As promised; Christ came to annul that curse and deliver man; the seed of the woman; from that curse. (Gen 3:15) His coming to earth not only crowned the OT Law; but also fulfilled it. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law; which is death; by becoming a curse for us; for it is written; “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.” (Gal 3:13) What a redeemer we have in the Christ!
Miracle of miracles! God came to earth and was born in the flesh by means of a paranormal conception by the Holy Spirit. (Matt 1:18-23) Jesus came as God-Man. The paranormal now pervades the NT gospels. What we have now is God the Son; in the flesh; who wants to rescue all men from the curse of sin. This God-man; the Christ; transcends nature; with miracles to prove it. He healed many sick; and disabled people. Jesus healed demon possessed folks; fed thousands; with but little food. In all the miracles Jesus performed there was never a trace of a failure; or a relapse of any one whom he healed. What he did; he did publicly with immediate results; no failures; no racketeer faith-healer tactics going on; no money went into his pocket.
Three times in his earthly ministry, Jesus raised the dead. Let’s not forget; three days after his own death and burial; he too rose from the dead; proving beyond any doubt that he is God.
The Son of God; the seed of woman; the redeemer of man; over powered death and Satan; and crushed his head.
The apostles witnessed his ascension and worshipped him. (Luke 24:50-53) They returned to Jerusalem and waited for the promise of Jesus; the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5; 2:1-4) They used the “keys of the kingdom;” the terms of entrance; that Pentecost Day. (Matt 16:19; Acts 2) Thus began their commissioned life for Christ; to carry on his work.