nature-1Genesis 14:16: And he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

From the words of Jesus, we learn that the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy, but the he (Jesus) has come that we may have abundant life (John 10:10): Whatever the devil has stolen, Jesus represents the restoration.

The devil through his wiles, wrest away the relationship man had with God (Genesis 3:1-24), but, Jesus came to restore it (John 1:12-18). The devil stands for sicknesses and diseases but Jesus came to bring healing and health (Matthew 8:16-17).

It takes a stronger-than-he to wrestle the goods stolen by a mighty man (Luke 11:15-22). As the bible says, surely, the captive of the mighty shall be set free and Jesus is that stronger-than-he (Isaiah 49:24-25). Under the devil, we were in bondage to sin and death but Jesus brought freedom (Romans 7-8).

There is no limit to the goodies and the goodness of God we have access to in Christ, whereas before the advent of Jesus, with the devil, we have only the option of sin and death.

Another thing that the devil stole was peace. And Jesus is called our peace (Luke 1:78-79, Ephesians 2:14). Through him we have peace with God (Romans 5:1-2). After their sin, peace was very far from the duo of Adam and Eve. What we read was that they were afraid and hid themselves when they heard that God was around, as if they were in a war situation with God.

At creation, there was a prepared garden meant to feed us (the plants were already with fruits) while we do the will of God to tend to the garden (Genesis 2:7-17).  But due to satanic interference, man was chased from the land of bliss and pleasure, but we have restoration in Christ, where those who are his, have the access to the heaven mansion full of beautiful terraces (John 14:1-3), and surrounded with nature at its best and live a life unhindered by any limit of the earthly condition in our heavenly home, either in provision or in pleasure.

The devil stole righteousness, peace and joy from man (Romans 14:17, 15:13).

Righteousness is right action,

Peace is right condition, and

Joy is right expression.

Restoration of righteousness

Sin is the opposite of righteousness. Man was formed, imparted with God’s own essence, of righteousness because he was in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-28).  However, it is one thing for God to tell you what is right; it is another matter for you to do it. That is the power of choice.

The choice of the first man to sin led the whole world into the preset mode of sin and sinfulness.  The result is wrong action. And because of the sinful nature, man is being directed by the law of Sin. But Jesus is the restoration of the capacity for right-living in man.

Sin is like a poison in our system introduced by the serpent that devil really is.

While giving a hint about who he, Jesus said that as the Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (John 3:14-16), He was going to be lifted up and whoever looks on him will be saved. Checking up the story of Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4-9) we can easily conclude that the serpent biting the children of Israel represented Sin infestation by the devil.

And Jesus was made sin (2Corinthians 5:21).

He said he is like that serpent lifted up. This shows that Jesus was made sin for us who knew no sin. And when we look to him, we receive freedom from the sin that is in our body system.

For the individuals who are serpent-poison (sin) infested (which is everyone), it is a matter of urgency for them to look at the serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness, and if not, death is certain (Romans 10:13, Acts 4:10-12).

There is a place you get to in which you no longer have the ability to “lift your eyes to look at the serpent lifted up.” There is no remedy/option for the one who in the wilderness of this world, refuses to lift up his eyes to look unto Jesus and eventually dies in that state.

To lift up your eyes means you give up trying to be saved on your own, you recognise your helplessness in the face of the threatening eternal damnation, because of your full appraisal of the reality of sin infestation in your life.

Restoration of peace

The devil stole the peace of the first parent. Because they yielded to the sin lure of the devil, they were not at peace with themselves, suddenly realising that they were naked and were therefore agitated.

They lost the peace between themselves with Adam pointing an accusing finger at Eve.  They lost peace with God as they carry the burden of guilt because of disobedience.

They lost peace with their environment, as they were chased from the Garden of Eden; God told Adam that the ground would now yield thorns and thistles and in the sweat of his face he shall eat.

However, in Christ, peace is restored. We have peace with God; we have peace with each other since we have the fruit of the Spirit in our life, called peace (Galatians 5:22-23). We have peace within ourselves because the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) – Jesus, lives in us.

As for our environment, we are no longer objects of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-10); we have obtained the favour of God in Christ Jesus.

Restoration of Joy

In the presence of God (which we now have access to in Christ) there is fullness of joy and in his right hand pleasures forever more (Psalm 16:11). We have divine provision available to us.

Can you imagine the feeling that would have pervaded the duo of Adam and Eve as they were chased out of the garden? They lost joy. But see the difference between that and the emotional outburst of the heavenly host as they announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds watching their sheep by night (Luke 2:8-18).

They proclaimed “peace on the earth, goodwill towards men,” because God had condescended to identify with the human condition. Christ brought joy with him, unspeakable joy.

There is a restoration of joy unspeakable (1Peter 1:8-10) because of the unspeakable gift of Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 9:15) , who has brought life and immortality to light (2Timothy 1:10), who grant all men access to fellowship with God Almighty (Ephesians 2).

That we are identified with Christ, that we are called by his name, is a thing of Joy (Acts 5:41), that we are translated from the land of wrath to the land of beauty-for-ashes (Isaiah 61:3), that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 1:3). What’s there to not be joyful about? Halleluyah!

We rejoiced that though gentiles, the blessings of Abraham are upon us (Galatians 3:13-14), we have full access to God through Jesus and through him we experience God-with-us (Isaiah 7:13-14) and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Colossians 1:27, Romans 5:1-5).