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What Did Jesus Die? Understanding His Mission- Restoration
The first part of Christ's mission was to reconnect us to God the Father but to do this Jesus needed to restore our right-standing with God.
Why Did Jesus Die? Understanding His Mission - Restoration
When a branch is cut off from its source it lives for awhile, but soon enough it shrivels and dies. So it was with us when God’s Spirit departed from our spirit. We were cut off from God, our source, causing us to die spiritually. And like the tree branch, it was only a matter of time before we also died physically. This was a definite departure from God’s original intention. He wanted us to live forever – with Him.
In the last segment we learned that God knowing Adam & Eve would sin, had a plan already in place to restore us to the way we were meant to be. The main actor of that plan was to be His only begotten Son, Jesus.
Let’s back up in time to Adam & Eve. When God’s Spirit left man’s spirit, man found himself turned inside out. He was still on the earth, he still had a spirit—albeit now empty of God’s spirit – AND -- He still had the commission to rule and dominate the earth. But the earth was now dominating him. In losing God’s Spirit, he had lost the inner power to reign over life and his circumstances. Almost against his will, man became a slave to his passions and lusts. He became subject to the very things he was supposed to rule over.
When Christ arrived on earth it was the first time since the Fall of Man that God’s Spirit was back on earth and dwelling within a man. The Bible tells us the Jesus was full of God’s Spirit and it was evident by the words he spoke, the things he claimed and the miracles he performed. Jesus had a power that other men and women simply did not have.
The first part of Christ’s mission was to reconnect us with God the Father and His Kingdom. To do this Jesus needed to restore our right-standing with God so that we would again be a fit dwelling place for God’s Spirit to live.
He needed to deal with our sins: past, present and even future. The second part of Christ’s mission was to give us His Spirit so we could again be reconnected with the Father as well as retrained. You see, our stay in the Kingdom of Darkness has taught us to think like nobodies. Therefore most of us have mental damage from feeding on a lifetime of negativity and impossible thinking. We have been slaves so long that even after we have come to Christ we don’t know how to handle our new freedom. So renewing our minds is important.
We need to return to the original mindset that man had before the fall------a mind that loved and honored God. It was also a mind that understood our rightful place as rulers on earth --- under God’s rulership.
So that was Christ’s mission. He came to die so we could live again – I mean really live – according to God’s original plan for us – cleansed, forgiven and once again full of God’s Spirit to help us to rule and reign with Christ. Let’s continue in the next video to discuss how Jesus was able to reverse the fall of man.