Restoration

evening-sky-141797_6402Kings 14:25: He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher.

We see the restoration work of God across the pages of the bible. As long as there are people willing to cooperate with God, he will show forth himself as a restorer in their lives, around them, and through them.

In the prophetic work of Isaiah, God was reported as saying, through he wanted to act on behalf of his people, and he was disappointed that no one said: restore (Isaiah 42:22), there was no one seeking God for restoration, because in God, what you seek (not what you see) is what you get. Jesus said: “ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:8).”

The walls of Jerusalem in the time of Nehemiah was broken down and burnt, constituting a disgrace on the people of God. It was demoralising. It was a constant reminder of how far away from God they were. But Nehemiah, in the place of prayer said to God: “restore.” He also took steps in that direction by talking to king Artaxerxes in whose service he was. He could not stand the status quo, so through fasting and prayer he sought for God’s intervention in the restoration of the wall of Jerusalem and he became an arrowhead in the process. That is why many people will tell you that your desire is a pointer to your calling.

Zerubbabel worked for the restoration of the destroyed temple in Jerusalem. God told him: It is not by power nor by might but by the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). It takes courage to embark on the work of restoration. It is a call for great faith. It is a call for those who will put their hands to the plough and not look back (Luke 9:62). This is because there are people who will be threatened by your restoration. Therefore, they have a vested interest in resisting you on that journey.

Nehemiah faced a lot of resistance in his effort to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. Zerubbabel work in rebuilding the temple also suffered from intense opposition and that work was stopped for some time. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah, brought words from the Lord and that restarted the work. They realised that the Supreme One backs their effort and that if anyone tries to resist them, that person would be resisting God. Strengthen by the words of prophecy, they shook off lethargy and recommitted themselves to the work of restoration with gusto (Haggai 1:13-15).

Jesus came with a restoration mandate; he said he has come to declare the day of jubilee and also the restore the sight to the blind, among other things. He said that we should come to him and he would cause us to have rest, which is a derivative of the restorative work of Christ in our lives (Matthew 11:28-29).

One thing Jesus restores to us is peace with God. Immediately Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden they lost their peace with God and we inherited that in a spiritual sense from them. Now in Christ we have peace with God as part of his work of restoration in our lives (Romans 5:1). That peace with God is a sign of restoration of man’s relationship with God.

A big part of the restoration work of Jesus is the healing of the body, there is no part of the body that is spared from the healing anointing on Jesus: the eyes, skin, bone, there is even the raising of the dead. And that brought the restoration of joy to families who lost loved ones.

Mary and Martha lost their brother Lazarus. They were devastated. They had sent to Jesus to come and heal him, when he was still alive by in critical condition. But Jesus delayed till he was dead and buried, and the situation seemed to be beyond remedy (John 11).

When Jesus eventually came around he asked that the stone that covered his grave be rolled away and Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave, which he did, grave clothes and all. Then sadness was turned to amazement and then to joy as the people get used to having someone from the death walking among them.

Jesus was about the restoration of joy and a sure way to do that is to get the body functioning as it should and the ultimate dimension of healing is coming back from the dead.

When an ruler of the Synagogue, Jairus, came to Jesus, asking him to heal his young daughter who was grievously sick, before he could get there,  daughter had died, but Jesus still went ahead to raise her from the death (Mark 5:22-43). Can you imagine what that meant to Jairus and his wife, in the restoration of their joy?

Jesus stopped a funeral procession which was taking the dead body only son of a widow for burial (Luke 7:11-17). The sadness that day was so thick that one can cut it with a knife, but the intervention of Jesus who has the restoration mandate brought her back to life.

Jesus unleashed the restoration force through raising the dead and he commissions his disciples to do the same. Peter raised Dorcas up from the dead after a time of prayer, restoring the joy of a whole community of women whose lives had been affected by her (Acts 9:36-43).

The ultimate restoration work is the work of salvation done in our hearts. We were dead in trespasses and sins (Colossians 2:13), but made alive in Christ Jesus. God did not have to raise us up one by one. He raised us all up in Christ Jesus, at a go.

Just as we all got under the rule of death in Adam, we also got under the rule of life in Jesus (Romans 5:12-21). We were influenced by the law of sin and death in Adam, now we are under the influence of the law of spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Life is our portion in Christ, but before, it was death in Adam.

While in advance those who were born by a natural father, were partakers of the sin of Adam, having our potion in the death judgement he came under, in the same way those of you who be born again by a spiritual father (John 1:11-17), have our portion in Jesus, in His life, eternal life, the very life of God. So Paul could say that he was dead and the life he now lives he lives by faith in Jesus (Galatians 2:20).

 

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