“Now may the God of peace,
who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
equip you with everything good for doing his will,
and may he work in us what is pleasing to him,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Of the many things that Christmastime is, one of the least noticed is that it is a time of restoration. It’s during this season that families and friends restore relationships that have fallen apart or been set aside, dormant.
Those who have walked into darkness and despair can more easily find at Christmas the restoration of light –even just a flicker. We call it the season of hope and joy for a reason.
This is also the biggest season of giving to right wrongs in the world. During December, people try to restore a sense of humanity to a culture that thrives on putting self above life itself.
This restoration comes because Christ has come. More than just revived from dormancy or here to right the wrongs, God restored Christ from the grave. The blood of His covenant brought Him back from the dead.
In the cold of the winter and the lonely, sorrowful moments of the season (and reflecting back on the tragedies of the year) we find that in God sending his son, He made a way to bring us back from the dead too. That little baby was more than a new life or a new form of God as man…He was life and He was the newness that we all get to enter into.
Now, like the beautiful decorations and traditions we strip down just to clean up, dress up, and delight in anew, the Lord restores us too.
Behold, the one who came to restore us, bringing us back from the dead.
Behold, the one who restores us to a place of praise.
Behold, the one who was restored by God for our sakes’.
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