No longer will there be any curse. (Rev. 22:3)
On the morning of September 12, 2001, historians gathered to discuss how best to document the previous day’s events. While the answers varied, multiple objects were catalogued. One of the more unusual objects was a squeegee that belonged to a window washer trapped on an elevator. Upon the plane’s impact, the elevator plummeted until someone pressed the emergency stop button. When the occupants pried the doors open, they discovered a wall. Fortunately, a passenger had a pocketknife and began cutting through the wall. When the knife was dropped, they began using the metal part of the window washer’s squeegee to finish cutting through the wall and escape. Unlike many other objects collected after 9/11, the squeegee tells a story about life on a day filled with death.
The Bible tells a story about life in a world filled with death. Death was not a part of this world until Genesis 3:12–13. “The man said, ‘The woman you put here . . . gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. . . . The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” The result was a curse. However, the same chapter tells how the curse would be reversed. Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between . . . your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Revelation 22:3 tells us “mission accomplished”; the curse is reversed.
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T. J. Albertson has pastored in The Wesleyan Church for eighteen years, the last sixteen in interchurch service. He loves teaching the whole Bible and its relevance to life.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.