on Restoration

Last Sunday, I had an amazing {if not slightly terrifying} opportunity to preach a message at my church’s Sunday evening service. We’ve just come to the end of a series on the miracles of Jesus, and I was given the opportunity to preach on Luke 22:47-53 – that amazing miracle where Jesus restores the High Priest’s ear. Seeing as I learned a lot preparing this message {and someone actually requested I write this…}, I’m writing it out as a blog post, and I hope you find something of a blessing in these simple thoughts.

47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”

Restoration is a huge theme in the Bible. According to Bible Gateway, restoration is The returning of something or someone to their original state. Through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, both humanity and creation will eventually be restored. Throughout scripture, we see restoration in all sorts of different forms. The restoration of health, status, life, sight,  even the restoration of creation.  Ultimately, God is this only one able to restore us.

The first thing that really struck me when I was looking at this theme of restoration is that all it took to heal the man was a touch from Jesus (v51). It’s not like a magic show where there’s lots of dramatic music and tension. It isn’t difficult for God to bring restoration into our lives – it’s usually us that puts up a fight and resists when God wants to work at something in us because we’re afraid that its going to be painful, or we worry too much about what other people think. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in ALL things, God works for the good of those who love Him.’ Not some of the things, or even just the nice things. God works in ALL things, and He wants to bring good out through them. I’m sure in this case, having his ear chopped off was a lot more painful that Jesus healing it (actually, the healing no doubt caused relief!!). God wants to restore us so we can have relief, but we need to go to Him and allow Him to do a work in us.

The second thing that I noticed is a beautiful verse in the book of Joel. Joel 2:25 tells us that God promises to repay the years that the locusts have eaten. God wants to do more than fix what is broken – he wants to pay us back for what we have lost. For the last few years, we’ve had Pastor Dave’s car living on our driveway. It’s broken, covered in rust and full of holes. The engine doesn’t start, the tires are flat and it’s generally in a bit of a mess. But in the same way that Dave can see the value in a broken car at the roadside, God can see the value in us – He sees past the mess and the brokenness to the beauty that comes with being a Child of the One True King.

The final thing that I learned is that Jesus wants to restore us to we can have life to the full (John 10:10). But in order for God to restore us, we have to allow Him to move in our lives. John 11:43:44 says ‘When we said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them ‘take off the grave clothes and let him go. ”. We become satisfied with the mundane and we get comfortable in the grave, so we don’t come out to allow Jesus to restore us, so we never get our ‘life to the full!’

Oswald Chambers once said “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”

More often than not, we want everything in our lives to be okay right now, but God often wants to teach us some really powerful lessons through situations or circumstances that we find ourselves. Develop an attitude of asking God to show you what He wants you to learn, and it is through this that growth takes place, and through this growth, we make room for God to bring about restoration.

2 thoughts on “on Restoration

  1. I enjoyed your thoughts. Thanks for sharing them here so we could enjoy them too! And I really like that Oswalt Chamber’s quote…what a good reminder to be praying on a regular basis…not just in moment’s of panic or when life is going as we want.

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