1.29.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 3. Restore.

Yesterday we were talking about how Jesus was and is literally the restoration of the world.

Looking backward, Matthew picks up the storyline of the Old Testament and shows how Jesus brings it to fulfillment in himself. Looking forward, Matthew ends his Gospel by propelling the church out into the world to take the gospel to all nations so that the reign of King Jesus is further expanded over all creation.”

You see, the interesting thing about these four Gospels is that they empower us. They enable us. They teach us. They show us that we can be the change. Jesus teaches, equips and enables us to be the continued restoration that He began. We have the power to be Jesus to others. Literally to be the love of Jesus to others. That’s what the writers of these Gospels were sharing. This incredible news that Jesus, the Savior of the world, begins this incredible restoration that we then continue in the world as His disciples.

Let’s dig a little deeper into this restoration definition. Restore means to bring back, to reinstate. “Jesus’ work was meant to reconcile. To reconcile us to God. Reconciliation means this; the restoration of a positive relationship and peace between alienating or opposing parties. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has reconciled believers to God.

We are reconciled to God because of Jesus. I’ve heard it said that we are now in good standing with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

One dies so that the many may live.

4 Comments

  1. Jonathan B on January 29, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Amen. Be strong with Jesus beside you. Know that he is with you always

  2. Sherri H on January 29, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for giving your life so that we may live. Help us Jesus to be more and more like you serving others, healing others thru you, and most of all loving others so unconditionally that they will see you in us.

  3. Richard Billington on January 29, 2021 at 8:40 am

    “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:11-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/59/2co.5.11-21.esv

  4. Barbara S on January 29, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Amen! Let’s be the love of Jesus to everyone, even when we don’t want to!

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