Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture – Restoration

This post is part of the series Grand Story of Scripture

Other posts in this series:

  1. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story Introduction
  2. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture – Creation
  3. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture- The Fall

There is unrest domestically; we see it on the news with violence and riots. There is unrest abroad, we see that with wars happening in the Middle East, and I don’t even know what disturbing news articles you read this week about our world falling apart. Since Genesis 3 everything has been broken. Jesus brings us personal redemption, the saving of our souls, through his death and resurrection; but what of the brokenness of the world? Well, Jesus takes care of that through the Restoration, which is the fourth and final part of the Larger Story of Scripture.

Restoration is the restoring of all things to the way God originally intended it to be. This should be a warm blanket for our souls. Let me illustrate. In 2012 I was trapped in my car driving home from Lake Placid during the Final Game of the NBA Finals, thus unable to watch our Miami Heat crush the OKC Thunder. On my way back to Homestead I drove through Hialeah and saw hundreds of people in the street banging their pots and pans together in celebration of our victory.

When I got home I watched the game I had recorded on my DVR, and I want you to know there was no fear in my heart every time the other team scored a basket. There was no anxiety in my heart AT ALL! Why? Because I knew what already happened, that the game ended with our team winning. In the same way, the Restoration points to future events where God fixes everything and our team, or rather Jesus’ Team, wins. The root issues in the human heart that cause us to riot, war, and murder will no longer be inside of us.

This is the future hope of the gospel. Through the climax of human history, the redemption purchased by Jesus on the cross, he will finish the out working of the victory through restoring all of creation to its former glory. Romans 8:22-23 says “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” This hope is not a mere wish, but it is rooted in what already happened, because Jesus died and rose to restore us to God, we know he will come again to restore everything.

The Book of Revelation is not the scary book at the end of the Bible. For Christians it’s a book of the establishment of God’s eternal kingdom on earth, and our team winning. Satan, sin, and death will no longer be able to affect the universe. In the same way that Miami parties every time we win the NBA Finals with pots and pans, parades, and celebrations, in the end there will be a celebration as Satan, sin, and death are completely destroyed. The MVP of all time is Jesus. Scripture begins with God creating, and ends with God restoring, all for his glory and our eternal joy!

Practical Theology: This week when you see bad things in the news (before posting about it on social media) spend 5 minutes in prayer and meditation and remind yourself that Jesus is in control, and he one day will fix everything.