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.