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Christmas for dummies
Joy to the world

1. Joy to the world!  The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her king;
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heaven and heaven and nature sing.
2. Joy to the earth!  The savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods,
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
3. No more let sins and sorrows flow,
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.
4. He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders, and wonders of his love.

Well, that’s lively.
But what about that third verse?  That’s just weird.  Isn’t Christmas this beautiful occasion of the birth of God’s son, Jesus?  What’s all this about a curse?

Well, this also goes back to the beginning.  Shortly after creation, in the perfection of the garden of Eden, the first man and woman, our ultimate great granddad and grandma, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God.  This brought a curse on the Earth and all humanity that brought death, suffering and hard labor throughout our lives.  But God also promised that a virgin’s child would break this curse.

The fourth verse speaks of Jesus ruling over all the Earth.  Christians look forward to the return of the Messiah, which means Christ or Savior, which is Jesus.