What does the word restoration mean to you? Perhaps having eyesight restored after surgery or the restoration of a historic home to its original beauty.
Restoration that comes from God actually restores a person to a condition far better than his or her former state. In God’s economy, restoration is about life—abundant life—every aspect of life. Moses said of the Lord, “He is your life” (Deut. 30:20).
When Jesus went to the cross, He became the once-for-all (1 Cor. 5:7) Paschal Lamb (Ex. 12)—the Passover Lamb (Mark 14:12)—The Lamb of God (John 1:29).
On Passover, in ancient Israel, a spotless male lamb was sacrificed to atone for sin—for the deliverance (salvation)—of the Jews. Jesus was the spotless Lamb sacrificed on the cross to atone for the sins of all mankind, once and for all.
John the Baptist recognized Jesus and announced, “Behold! The Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NKJV).
It was from the moment in time*, when Jesus died, that anyone who believes and receives Him may have abundant life for the rest of their days on earth and Eternal Life with Jesus in Heaven. Notice, I didn’t say a trouble-free life. Followers of Jesus have access to the attributes of Christ which can enrich life and give hope and peace even during earthly trials.
Anyone who will follow Christ will be restored to a right relationship with their Creator, God the Father. This cosmic restoration allows that person to enjoy the same fellowship with God that Adam and Eve knew before their fall. This restoration gives the follower of Jesus access to the abundant life spoken of in John 10.
It doesn’t mean we won’t ever sin again either. It means that when we do, we have an advocate with the Father. Jesus Christ, Himself will plead our case and help us return back to right relationship (1 John 2:1).
God’s restoration means the spiritual death brought about by sin is replaced with spiritual life (Ezekiel 36:26, 27); that we will be one with Jesus (John 17:22); that we can live by the Spirit rather than by our flesh (Rom. 8:13); and that we can know God’s mystery, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:26, 27).
SO, let’s rejoice in this amazing restoration to which we have access because of the cross of Christ. The crucifixion of our Lord made the way for each of us to receive the gift of Salvation—that’s being saved from our sin debt. At the cross He took the punishment you and I deserved. He paid our debt!
When Jesus rose from the dead, He overcame—He conquered death, hell, and the grave. In His own words: “I am He who lives and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hates and of Death” (Rev. 1:19 NKJV).
As Good Friday approaches, let us look with gratitude, to the cross of Christ and then let's celebrate, with great rejoicing, Resurrection Sunday, for we have been redeemed from sin's penalties and restored to a right relationship with God for all Eternity. Oh, Hallelujah!
*Some researchers have suggested April 3, 33AD as the date of Jesus’ crucifixion. They say that geological evidence of an earthquake on that date and that location indicates this possibility. –Interesting! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/jesus-crucifixion-date-possible_n_1546351.html
©Connie Wohlford 2016