Overlooked Christmas Treasures Part 2: Joy to the World

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Have you ever sung all of the lyrics to Joy to the World?

I’m continuing today with another overlooked Christmas treasure in one of the latter verses of the traditional Christmas hymn Joy to the World.

You can read part 1 of this series here.

The third verse of Joy to the World, which I’ve probably only sung a few times, though I’ve sung the beginning of the song many, many times, goes like this:

No more let sins and sorrows 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

Read more: Christmas Carols – Joy To The World Lyrics | MetroLyrics

When I read or hear these words, I hear a beautiful expression of the new kingdom that Jesus established in the “here and now”.

When we partake of the life of Christ, we are touching this new kingdom.

When we live together in community, we are expressing this new kingdom.

When others see the joy and love of Christ in us, we are expanding this new kingdom.

But what happens in this new kingdom?  In the stanza above, the blessings of Christ flow and the curse is reversed!

Hallelujah, in this new kingdom, the effects of the curse are being reversed as Christ’s life flows through us in the Spirit.

What better news to share and sing about this Christmas!

Let every heart prepare Him room, and…

Follow the Life!


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3 thoughts on “Overlooked Christmas Treasures Part 2: Joy to the World

  1. yes how desperately we need to open ourselves up to him and let the river of his divine life flow out of us to the nourishment of others–how privileged we are to be participants.such joy we can experience!

  2. This is powerful. It is true that we do not often hear or sing the other verses, but there is a richness in the Lord that has been forgotten. It is amazing to see thee revelation of Jesus that some of these song writers had and of the glorious salvation that He brought for us on the cross. Thank you for posting this.

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