Sunday, April 2, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


The Restoring Christ

Shaimi Jacob 
St. James MTC, NY
14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.

Restoration means the act of returning something to a former owner, place or condition. God is our creator and owner. Christ is our restorer to assist us to be returned to our owner (God), to our place (heaven), and to our true condition (sinless). John 14:6 states, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Christ restores our relationship with God. During the Old Testament, the restoration of an individual occurred by repenting one’s sins to God and sacrificing an unblemished animal to God. However this practice is no more necessary as the sacrificial lamb(Jesus Christ) paid the price for all our sins.

Jeremiah 17:14 is the prophet’s prayer for deliverance pleading to God for his healing and restoration. Prophet Jeremiah is seeking a restoration in his relationship with God. Jesus Christ has reverted the traditional ways for restoring ourselves with our Creator. He has transformed Himself into the sacrificial lamb. Romans 3: 23-24 states, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” During this lent season, we must realize that we have all fallen short of God’s glory. We are not perfect. We have sinned. Let us not look critically at others but look deep within ourselves and assess and see how we can be better for Christ. How can we restore our relationship with God? Are we able to understand the true meaning of Christ’s death on the cross? Are we able to make Christ our rock and our restorer?


PRAYER


Gracious Lord and Heavenly father, we thank You for talking to us today through Your word. You are our creator, rock and foundation.  We are weak and sinful. Help us to be set apart for You. We repent of our sins and humbly request for a full restoration of our body, mind and soul.  Father, we know that You have purchased our sins for a price at the cross.  Give us Your grace to lead a life pleasing unto You. Everything we humbly ask in Jesus name. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Restore to me the joy of your salvation  and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12