Old cars. Antiques. Historical buildings. Restoration efforts are liberally and expensively applied to these and other projects.
A WWII aircraft lay frozen in the ice of Greenland after an emergency landing. Many decades later, recovery efforts were launched. Just retrieving it from beneath hundreds of feet of ice was a huge project. It was removed a piece at a time and reconstructed in near new condition. They named it "Glacier Girl" and the P38 fighter flew again.
Jesus' ministry was one of restoration. He healed the sick and restored health. People driven by demonic desires were delivered and restored to their family and friends. Even death was reversed for several and the resurrected were restored to their families.
The Bible tells of a man from Gadara who terrified the village. Due to demon activity, his life was miserable. He lived naked among the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. He was chained up but broke the chains. Jesus restored him to his right mind, to his friends, and to his family. His restoration caused many to marvel.
Luke wrote in his gospel about a young man who left home with his inheritance. He lived a carefree life as long as he had cash. He ran out of money and his friends ran out on him. Famine came and things quickly spiraled out of his control. The best he could do to survive was a job feeding pigs. He even considered eating pig slop. He realized his father's servants had more than he did. He decided to return home as a servant. When he made his way back, his father saw him and ran to meet him with hugs and forgiveness. He was restored to his family with love, favor, and festivities. His father said his son "was dead, and is alive again, he was lost, and is found."
Jesus' primary purpose was "to seek and to save the lost." The salvation he offered was one of great power. A scripture verse says, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." Salvation begins a process of perfection; a believer can experience more and more of God's goodness.
The Bible says "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever." This means that his forgiveness takes care of your yesterday, his presence is with you today, and he will be with you in all your tomorrows.
Along with all the blessings mentioned in Psalm 23, David said, "He restoreth my soul." That is God's primary work, but there is more. A heart and home can be restored. A marriage and family can be restored. Peace of mind can be restored. There is great hope from the God of restoration.
Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church.