As we spend time in prayer and fasting, and considering the restorative work of Christ, we should humble ourselves and learn from Him on seeking restoration with others.
Here are a few principles for lessons on restoration…
💯vs. 8: Just like Christ sought the welfare of His disciples (even when being falsely and secretly arrested), He seeks the welfare of those who follow Him today.
👉🏾 If we would desire restoration, we too need to see the welfare of others. Consider Galatians 6:1-5,9-10 as a guide.
💯vs. 37-38: truth is a key component for restoration—established and modeled by Jesus
👉🏾If we would desire restoration, truth must be exposed and embraced—just like love. Consider Ephesians 4:15-16,25-27 as a guide.
💯vs. 14-16: sacrifice is another component for restoration. Jesus makes Himself vulnerable to rejection while sacrificing Himself so reconciliation and restoration can occur.
👉🏾If we would desire restoration, we too must embrace sacrifice and the possibility of rejection. Note John 15:18 for confirmation.
💯vs. 39-44: Like with Christ, ridicule, mockery and setting new terms can occur during the work of restoration due to a lack of understanding, fear, negative peer pressure, feeling threatened.
👉🏾If we would desire restoration, we too must brace for various forms of rejecting the work of restoration and stay the course based on faith in the leadership of the Holy Spirit and promised of God. Consider John 15:18-21 for clarity and John 16:33 for encouragement.
💯vs. 34: Like Christ, an attitude and prayer for reconciliation is needed for restoration. Offenses are hidden; they are forgiven.
👉🏾If we would desire restoration, we too must have an attitude and prayer for reconciliation, ready to forgive. Consider Ephesians 4:29-32 as a guide.
💯vs. 39-43: One goal and result of restoration is unity or togetherness (not uniformity or conformity). The Lord promised togetherness in paradise.
👉🏾If we would desire restoration, we should also desire togetherness or unity again—overcoming offenses that brought barriers with forgiveness, and a forward thinking or destination thinking attitude. Consider James 5:19-20 as motivation.
Thank God that Jesus persevered for our restoration.
May we do the same for restoration with others—like family, spouses, and friends.
“Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you want Me, let these men go on their way.”” – JOHN 18:8
“So Pilate said to Him, “Then You are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say [correctly] that I am a King. This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth [who is a friend of the truth and belongs to the truth] hears and listens carefully to My voice.”” – JOHN 18:37
“Pilate said to Him [scornfully], “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no guilt in Him [no crime, no cause for an accusation].” – JOHN 18:38
“Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover [week], and it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Look, your King!”” – JOHN 19:14
“But they shouted, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”” – JOHN 19:15
“Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified.” – JOHN 19:16
“Those who passed by were hurling abuse at Him and jeering at Him, wagging their heads [in scorn and ridicule], and they said [tauntingly], “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself [from death]! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, mocked Him, saying, “He saved others [from death]; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him and acknowledge Him. HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF H E DELIGHTS IN H IM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” The robbers who had been crucified with Him also began to insult Him in the same way.” – MATTHEW 27:39-44
“And Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing His clothes among themselves.” – LUKE 23:34
“One of the criminals who had been hanged [on a cross beside Him] kept hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us [from death]!” But the other one rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We are suffering justly, because we are getting what we deserve for what we have done; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, [please] remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” Jesus said to him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”” – LUKE 23:39-43