Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Jesus Christ Who Restores
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 and Grace where everything else disappoints us.
In Adam we were born in death, and were born to die, but we are dead in him those who believed in His sacrifice. In Christ we are reborn or restored in life, and resurrected to live. The life of resurrection brought on by Christ , through the Holy Baptism, restores us by the spirit of God. It will continue to sanctify our lives into transfiguration of our bodies when Christ returns. This is what Paul explains as a mystery.
Wherever you need restoration, whether in a relationship, your finances, your body, or your fellowship with God, it is possible because of God's restoration activity, and willingness to do so. When God restores, he will not take you back to where you were broken before. God takes the pain, hurt, brokenness that may have been caused by you, and puts your life back in order, adjusts what is wrong, brings to you a place of amazing recovery and wholeness. Jesus had the scars to show that he went through the hurt and brokenness from this fallen world, but the scars that you may show is what you may have received through His mercy, love and sacrifice that saved you. Amen.
Thank you dear Jesus, for restoring us back to an amazing life of newness through Your love, mercy, Your death and Resurrection. Help us to enjoy the fellowship in Your Holy presence all our lives. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"If God could restore us back to Himself, He can restore any relationship back to us. “
Dr. John K. Thomas
Tabor Mar Thoma Church
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church