Yesterday we were speaking on the word disciple. As we dive into Matthew this will be an important word and one that will continue to surface in the study. Let’s keep going.
“The story of the Bible is the story of the world. The Old Testament ends in the middle of this story, longing for a resolution and the fulfillment of this promise. In their own unique way, each of the four Gospels demonstrates that Jesus fulfills these profound, ancient longings. Matthew’s Gospel is the one most explicitly focused on how Jesus is the long-awaited King who came to restore the goodness of creation by bringing in God’s kingdom.”
He uses this word restoration. The restoration of the world and how Jesus is literally the restoration of the world. A few verses in Matthew back that claim up:
- “From that time on Jesus began to proclaim his message with these words: “Keep turning away from your sins and come back to God, for heaven’s kingdom realm is now accessible.” – Matthew 4:17
- “For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone, and to give his life in exchange for the salvation of many.” – Matthew 20:28
- ““Listen to the truth: In the age of the restoration of all things,[a] when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne” – Matthew 19:28
Jesus also “restored the world” during His time on Earth as He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, calmed storms, cast out demons, and restored people to God through the forgiveness of their sins.
Kind of fascinating. Never looked at it this way before. Yes, Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so. But how often do you actually relate His miracles and acts while on Earth as actually restoring the world?
We certainly do now.