The Curse Story in English
What is the Curse Story?
There is a curse over all humanity. An African proverb says, “Not everyone will be rich, but one thing everyone shares is death.” We all can see that the curse of death has come over all humanity. But how did this curse begin?
We know that in the beginning, God created everything. And it was good. There was no decay, sin, sickness, or death. He created Adam and Eve and conversed with them in Paradise. God told them, “You are free to eat any fruit in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you will certainly die.”
Adam and Eve disobeyed God and they ate the forbidden fruit. As a result, humanity brought a curse of death upon itself due to their sin. Sin is failing to do what God desires, and it causes death. This death is spiritual and physical. It’s the reason people feel tormented by demons and experience sickness, famine, and war. This death is like that of a branch broken from a tree. The branch looks alive but, is in fact, in the process of dying. Through Adam and Eve sin came into the world, and death came through sin. All people continue sinning, therefore the curse of death remains.
But people can’t get rid of the curse in their own way. God is merciful and gracious and He has provided a specific way to reverse the curse. Remember that Adam came into the world without a human father and lived a perfect life until he chose to disobey. Through his sin, death entered the world. God’s way of reversing this curse is sending another person without a human father who also lived a perfect life. This person was Jesus, Isa al-Masih. But Jesus was different than Adam because Jesus never sinned; he always obeyed. In fact, Jesus is the only person who ever lived who did not sin. Therefore, he was not under the curse of death. Just as through one man death came into the world, God used one man to bring life to the world and reverse the curse of death.
The Injil says, “Everyone is cursed who does not obey all of the Word of God…but Jesus rescues us from the curse by becoming a curse for us.” That means, even though Jesus didn’t have to die because He was without sin, He willingly died for us in order to rescue us from death. He even showed his power over the curse of death by rising from the dead on the third day after he was killed, showing His victory over sin, death, Satan, and demons.
A prophecy about this Great Rescue was written by a prophet of God around 700 years before Jesus came into the world. Isaiah 53:4-6 says, “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Sometimes what is done in the physical world affects the spiritual world. What Jesus did physically in his death affects our own spiritual state and destiny. Those who believe in Him and follow Him are released from the curse, reconciled to God, and promised Paradise.
Jesus’s gift is available for all of us who believe in what He has done and are willing to accept His gift. Just because a gift is offered doesn’t mean it is received. There are only two types of people in this world. Those who have been released from the curse of death by accepting God’s gift through Jesus. And those who have yet to accept this gift and remain under the curse of death. Which one are you?