Forgiveness

Restoration

In the Christian faith, the somber death of Jesus Christ holds deep significance.  For centuries, it has been understood primarily as the means by which sins are forgiven, paving the way for humanity to attain salvation from eternal death.

However, what if forgiveness of sins was not God’s ultimate goal but just a means to achieve a greater and more profound goal?

 

From the very beginning, when God created Adam, humanity was intended to reflect His image and dwell in perfect communion with Him. Adam enjoyed complete access to God and the Heavenly kingdom, dominating and spreading the kingdom system over the entire Earth. Gen. 1:27-28

However, God warned Adam that if he was to rebel (Hebrew word is sin) and declare independence from Him, he would surely die. Gen 2:16-17

The Hebrew word for rebellion is SIN

In an act of high treason, Adam did rebel and chose to believe what satan over God. Gen 3:4-6 Adam lost more than just paradise. He lost the presence of God, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and his identity. He lost his divine purpose to make earth like heaven. Adam’s sin not only introduced physical death but also spiritual death to mankind, alienating man from its source of life.

Justice demanded death and Jesus, the anointed One, willingly laid down His life to pay the death sentence. Jesus, the King, died in our place. Jesus’s death on the cross did not ignore our sins but was a substitution for the death that was meant to be ours. His sacrifice cleansed and renewed both body and spirit, making us clean for the Holy Spirit to once again dwell in man.

God’s ultimate goal and mission of Jesus was to bring reconciliation between The Father and man,

restoring the intimacy, communion, and original purpose of humanity. It was about bringing Heaven’s reality back to earth through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Sin was in the way of that. The penalty was in the way of that. Jesus’s death removed the obstacles. He did it all!

In the coming days, we’ll explore further how this restoration unfolds and what it means for us today. But for now, let us ponder the profound love of God, the sacrifice of the Jesus and the glorious restoration of man’s relationship with our Creator.