Jesus came to restore the legacy of mankind’s dual purpose
Jesus came not only to reveal the Living God, and to defeat the dominion of the rule of darkness, He also came to restore humanity back to God’s original design. He came to impart what He had accomplished into His people. It was not enough for Jesus merely to do what He did, in revealing God and confronting darkness… the end goal was always to bring humanity back to our assigned state in “the Garden” (before sin!). The final objective was to enable human beings to take up the mantle of their divine purpose once again!
The work of Jesus on the cross is a work that fully enables us to live as restored souls (as we will discuss, in depth, in the next chapters). Jesus came to enable us to live just as He lived, to walk just as He walked, and to impact this world just as He impacted this world. This truth is verified through the apostle John:
This is exactly what it means to be a disciple of Jesus!
The really exciting news is that, because Jesus has redeemed and restored us, we are already enabled to live life (walk) in this manner. This is the fullness of the message of the gospel of the Kingdom.
As Jesus lived in unbroken relationship with the Father, and acted in the rightful rule and authority of the True King, so we, who willingly embrace Him, are all enabled to live. Jesus’ blood, shed for us, restored our relationship with God. And in that relationship, the King desires to live and act, in and through us, just as He demonstrated through His Son. The King’s desire is to bring His rule to wherever it is lacking on this earth.
But there is one more aspect of Jesus’ work that we will discuss. This one aspect is often neglected in all our talk about the work of Jesus – but it essential for us to understand. This one aspect is centered in the reign of God in, and through, our lives. It is the “nuts and bolts” of how God will rule (through human beings) on this earth once again…