Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.

(Galatians 3:13 ESV)

I am grateful for the joyous reminders in song that Christmas cancels Hell for those elect in Christ:

“Rank on rank the host of heaven

Spreads its vanguard on the way,

As the Light of light descendeth

From the realms of endless day,

That the powers of hell may vanish

As the darkness clears away.”

(Lines from, Liturgy of St. James, 4th Century; translated from Greek to English by Gerard Moultrie, 1864.)

“O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.”

(Lines from, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, trans. 1881.)

“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.”

(Lines from, “Joy to the World,” Isaac Watts, 1719.)

“So wrap our injured flesh around You

Breathe our air and walk our sod

Rob our sin and make us holy

Perfect Son of God

Perfect Son of God

Welcome to our world”

(Lives from, ‘Welcome to Our World,” Chris Rice)

Merry Christmas!