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Restored by the Word of God (2 of 4)
We are in a sermon series called RESTORATION because we are a broken people and Jesus came so that we could be restored back to relationship with the Father, and that He could restore back to us that which has been stolen, lost, or broken. Jesus didn't come for the righteous or the good people. He didn't come to start a new religion. No He came to rescue us, the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed. He knew that because of sin and Satan, that men and women would be lost, that we would make a mess of things, leaning on our own ways, and reaping the results of living a life without God. He knew that even after some would give their lives to Him, the enemy would accuse and tempt them to fall back into their old ways, and some would fall away and God would let them go their sinful ways and reap the sad results of a life apart from God.
But because of God's mercy, even though some would make a conscious choice to walk away from Him, God would open the door back up to them again and proclaim over them blessing.
In the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry after He fasted 40 days and 40 nights and was tempted of the devil, He is in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Here Jesus would astonish His listeners as He proclaimed the start of His earthly ministry and what He was sent to do:
Luke 4:14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 ''The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent ...
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