RESTORE THAT WHICH WAS LOST

Jesus was sent by the Father to restore “that” which was lost. This act of restoring is indeed an example of the revolution He instituted. Remember what a revolution is?

Revolution-- a sudden, radical, and complete change; the over-throw or renunciation of one ruler or government and substitution of another by the governed.

His revolution was to destroy the stronghold of the kingdom of darkness and restore humanity’s access to the kingdom of God. That is why His primary message was “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” He was saying to the people, “turn away from the darkness by following Me and I will show you how to access the kingdom of God for it is right here close at hand.”

When Jesus came to this earth He came into a religious system that held people in bondage to what was called the Law. The political environment was the Roman Empire which was one of the most brutal and dominating of all times. He came as a lowly carpenter with no prestige or pedigree of importance. During His life on the earth He owned nothing. Even though He was sent by God the Father and He Himself was God in a flesh and blood body, He had given up all of those attributes in order to accomplish a work that was in the heart of the Father. To restore that which was lost. While He was accomplishing this task, He was also modeling for humanity what our life is to be like as God created us. With authority over the creation.

Philippians 2:5-8 -- “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Luke 19:10 -- “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save” that” which was lost.”

John 4:34 -- “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.”

John19:30 -- “He said, ‘It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

I think the question we need to ask is “what is the “that” which was lost”? The institutional church says it is the people who are lost in sin and need to be saved. But if that were the case then the wording would have been different because the Holy Spirit was very precise when He wrote the Scriptures. If it were people who were lost, then the Scripture would have said “seek and save “those” which are lost.” The word “save” is a Greek word “sozo” which means to save from destruction, save something in its entirety, or to restore to completeness. It also means do deliver from the consequences of our fallen nature called SIN - the refusal to allow God to be God in your life.

I believe the “that” which was lost refers to what was lost through the rebellion of Lucifer in heaven and by humanity because of the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden. When they fell they lost several very important things:

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They lost the connection with their source of LIFE and therefore experienced “death”.

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They lost their intimate fellowship with God.

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They lost their dominion over the earth.

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They lost their freedom and became slaves in the kingdom of darkness under Satan’s control.

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They lost the glory of their righteousness before God.

I believe the “work” that Jesus had to accomplish that was in the heart of the Father was to return to its original condition that which was lost. He was to restore completely what had been lost and when He died on the cross He cried out “IT IS FINISHED !” He had accomplished the purpose He had been sent for. He had returned to its original condition everything that had been lost, He had redeemed humanity from under the penalty of sin, He had reconciled humanity to fellowship with God, He restored humanity to a state of glory by giving them His righteousness as a gift of His incredible love, He restored man’s dominion over the earth, and did much, much more than we can even imagine.

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