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  Jesus Christ Who Restores 1Cori.15:20-28   Biblical meaning of the word restoration is to receive back more than which was lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition.   The main thing is that the life situation  improves beyond measure.   We live in a broken world. God still loved our beautiful but broken world  - and  He sent His only son  to restore the lost humanity.  Through death and resurrection, Jesus restored everything  that humanity had broken through their rebellion.                      God   has taken that which was broken, and put it together again, and made it better  than it was before.  He took the shattered pieces of our lives, and glued them together with His love.  He  made them strong in the places where it was  once weak   and lost in sins.  The promise of restoration” I will  restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord”  Jeremiah 30:17,  a promise which is repeated throughout the Bible  offering love , hope

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Jesus Christ Who Restores 1 KINGS 17 :17-24 “Now I know that you are a man of God and the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth”.  vs 24   “He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake “. Psalms 23:3.    God is one who always restores the humanity and bring them back to vigor and vitality. The path in which He leads His faithful are the roadmaps of their lives that ultimately leads to righteousness and fulness of life. We see the risen Christ restoring the disciples who had lost hope, became desperate, stayed in locked rooms for few days fearing the Jews and the Romans and finally deciding to go back to their old profession. The ancient Israelites thrived in the land of Egypt despite harsh conditions. The king and the slave drivers of Egypt forced them to do hard work and made their life miserable. But God was always with them, delivered them, allowed them to go through the parted red sea, the difficult desert journey and finally allowed th

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  JESUS CHRIST WHO RESTORES Ephesians 2: 1-10 “ For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus “ vs 10 “I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord" Ezekiel 36:11 Restoration is a process whereby God takes the initiative from the beginning of the creation to bring back His people, who have strayed away, back to him. When God restores, the restoration happens in abundance. God promises His people to turn back to Him for peace and comfort. Mathew  11:28  says “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. The humanity is hopeless and helpless without Christ. We were dead in sin as children of Adam and were disobedient to God. We were subjected to God’s condemnation and wrath. But by the Grace God has favored us, He sent His only son to the world to save us from the perils of

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  Jesus Christ Who Restores Col 3:1-11 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. vs 2   In Chapter  3, of St.  Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he lays down the rules for a Holy living. Paul had to do this because the Church in Colossae had been infiltrated by false teaching and doctrines that were confusing the believers. Paul tells the Colossians to seek the things that are above since they have been saved by Christ, who is above, seated at the right hand of God. He again reiterates that they should set their hearts and minds on the things that are above because that is where Christ is. He wants their affections, their wills and their choices to be guided by the life of Christ. This will keep them from loving the world too much and creating idols of worldly things. This will help them to guard against despair and strengthen them when their faith is tested. It will be a motivation for them to fight against sin and help them to lead others to Christ. The

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  JESUS CHRIST WHO RESTORES Ruth 4: 1-11 v 11 “Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem” We are all familiar with the story of Ruth. It is a story that shows how God moves in in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform. A unique book in which people wonder where God is when there are no dreams, no visions, or prophets. It is one of those rare books which makes you wonder where God is when one tragedy after another attacks their faith. According to Ruth 1:1, the story took place during the time of Judges. Now at the end of judges we can see it was a very dark time in Israel.  The people sinned, God would send enemies against them, the people would cry for help, and God would mercifully rise up a judge to deliver them. This was a vicious cycle; again, and again the people reb

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  Jesus Christ who restores John 21:1-14 v5 Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?"  John 21 is a powerful story of a fallen disciple, Peter, being restored by Christ. Peter was chosen by Jesus to be his faithful disciple. Peter emerged as a leading disciple among the group of disciples. In fact, Peter had often promised that he would be faithful to the very end. But sadly, he denied Jesus thrice. Also, in this chapter, he is the one who decides to return back to fishing and his actions prompt many other disciples to follow suit. The man who was chosen to be a disciple to lead others to Christ became the man leading many away from Christ.   Perhaps he had his reasons for doing so. His denial of being in Jesus’s company would have brought him face to face with the ugly side of his own personality. He must have realized that behind the exterior face of bold proclamation of faithfulness to Christ, lay a cowardly, self-preserving man, who would not hesitate to

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  Jesus Christ - Our Lord and God Matthew  16:13-20 Vs 16 "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."  In today's passage Jesus and his disciples are in the city of Caesarea Philippi. It was a non-Jewish region, populated mostly by gentiles. Peculiar to this city was the existence of shrines and temples dedicated to various gods. That region was considered as the birthplace of Pan, the greek god of nature. Several shrines dedicated to the Syrian deity Baal existed in that region. Also in that region was an imposing marble temple dedicated to worship of Caesar. Situated on the southwestern base of Mount Hermon, the city of Caesarea Philippi presented spectacular views of all these shrines. It was as if Jesus stood at a place where all these were visible and asked a pertinent question to his disciples against the backdrop of prominent world religions and gods - "Who do you say that I am?" Whereas the common people in the region may have had various opinions