The other day I was looking to add a couple of songs for the youth group to sing on Wednesday night. Recently we’ve added a song from our hymnbook (which they open up and use) in addition to the more contemporary songs they hear on the radio. “Joy to the World” came to mind and I thought this would be a good lesson in what Isaac Watts purpose for writing this song was. Not to speak about our Lord’s first advent but rather His second! That way if they complained about doing a “Christmas” song before Thanksgiving my bases were covered.
But the first video I had found was missing the third verse. Oh well, I will just take a look for another one and proceeded to type “Joy to the World” in the YouTube search. The next four, for a total of five straight, videos all excluded that third verse (most all of which were included right at the top of the search). It seemed the desire to include a bridge/chorus within the hymn meant one verse had to go, and time and time again it was that third verse. Now the question for you is, do you happen to remember what that third verse is?
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.
The wealth of biblical truth contained in this verse from Genesis to Revelation is incredible. Why would anyone want to cut if off, let alone five straight videos?! For those wondering, the next two videos I looked at under “Joy to the World” search on YouTube had that elusive third verse! There is hope for humanity.
That’s right there is hope for humanity precisely because the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, has come to make His blessings flow not only in the lives of Adam’s race, but also across the entirety of creation itself. Every aspect of creation that has been impacted by sin, which is all of it (see Genesis 3; Romans 8:18-25 [esp. v. 22]) is going to be completely reversed by the blessedness of the One who has conquered the grave!
The first Adam sinned and rebelled against God bringing with it death, sorrows, and thorns. But the Last Adam, Jesus Christ, has promised that He is making all things new (Revelation 21:5). Notice He isn’t making all new things but all things new, restoring and surpassing the blessed (shalom) state that our first parents enjoyed (see Revelation 22:1-5). Oh the wonders of His great love for us, for when we were dead in our sins and enemies of God, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2). That is worth waking up in the morning. Rest assured, He rules the world with truth and grace!