01 Apr Restoration Through Resurrection
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 AMP.
IN FULL SONG: The slain Lamb is worthy! Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength! Take the honor, the glory, the blessing! Revelation 5:12 MSG.
“The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ gave us the opportunity to enjoy total reconciliation with God. This includes restoration of all the good things that we lost to sin through the deception of Satan and our disobedience to God’s instructions” RSD
When we look at the world we live in, its not out of place to wonder why despite advancement in science and technology, we have not been able to really proffer substantial solutions to the various challenges and negative situations of our world. Diseases like HIV, Ebola, are still ravaging human lives all over the world. Divorce rates are on the increase and people are finding it difficult to live in peace and harmony hence we have homicides, suicide bombings, wars, religious intolerance, racism, infidelity in relationships, rape, teenage pregnancies, ethnic clashes, political instabilities, corruptions in public and private organizations and so on.
The reason for these anomalies is simply because we are living in a falling and imperfect world with imperfect people that also have different levels of understanding of life’s situations and tolerance of people’s negative actions. Perhaps the question we need to ask is how come all the innovations and scientific advancements in our world can’t completely resolve the menace we face today?
The answer is that these problems are fruits of roots of negative seeds. For instance, if you notice any tree in your compound and you don’t want it there again. If you only cut the branches without dealing with the roots, the tree may remain branchless for some time but because it roots are still in the soil, it will blossom again.
Human beings are trying to use their skills, abilities, scientific discoveries and innovations to resolve negative issues that have invisible causes. That was why Jesus explained that there is a thief (Satan) who is stealing our peace, joy, harmony, health, killing and also destroying lives by using other humans to perpetrate his evil. Such people(agents) are under his influence and control as he did to the first man and woman on earth by deceiving them to go against the instructions of God. For instance, if an individual decides to drive a vehicle at abnormal speed limit just because such want to overtake all commuters on the road? The consequence will be a wreck.
A lot of people have been ruined and are being ruined by simply disobedience to the principles of life because of negative influences on their actions.But the truth is that our world can still enjoy peace, joy, health, harmony, success, satisfaction and fulfillment we all desire if we choose allow ourselves to be influenced by an individual that once lived in this world without the negative seed of failure we all inherited from the first man and woman. As a matter of fact it is simply because He never got influenced by Satan to carry out any negative behavior or had any bad intentions or motive that made Him the credible solution to the crisis of our world. He is an embodiment of peace, love, grace, health and kindness even to his haters and despisers. That was why He emphatically said that He came to make us enjoy life that is full of joy, health, wealth, peace and every other positive thing we desire in life.
He was able to adequately fulfill the instructions of God that we can never fulfill by our religious acts and pious lifestyles. Because even if any of us claim to live a moral life and try not to offend others, we may not be able to completely ascertain that in our hearts and minds we don’t miss it either through impure thoughts or even speaking negative words to people consciously or unconsciously. But He was very bold to say that He is without any flaws. This quotation confirms it “Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? John 8:46-47 MSG.
That was why He gave everyone this opportunity to come and enjoy His magnificent lifestyle with this invitation: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt 11:28-30.MSG.
When we accept His invitation and decide to make Him influence our intentions and actions, we will enjoy total restoration of joy, health, peace, harmony, success and satisfaction of our life’s desires with the grace and capacity to align with God’s instructions. He will help us live with principles that will produce durable fruits of goodness that we desire in our world because His sacrifice alone was able to satisfy all of God’s expectations from us which we couldn’t have been able to fulfill regardless of our religious lifestyle.
When Jesus died, He paid the ultimate price for our short comings and disarms the devil of his power to hurt us and steal and destroy our lives. This is how the Bible captures it: “When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive — right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.” Col 2:13-15 MSG.
Hence, all humans can enjoy total restoration of everything the devil has stolen from our lives, careers, relationships, businesses, organizations, institutions, nations and the world at large.
“Your connection to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection gives you liberation and emancipation from all the deceptions, confusions, stagnation, humiliation of the devil, and oppositions from his agents. So, enjoy complete satisfaction through God’s provisions and His dependable protections. ” RSD