Date: 31 January 2023
Preacher: Apostle General Jannie Ngwale
Editor: Mrs Nthabiseng Motubatse
Principal Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:10 - 13
Secondary Scripture Readings: Mark 8 : 24 - 25
Restoration is a principle deeply rooted in the idea of bringing back what has been stolen, lost,
and damaged. This principle can be applied to our lives, where we take stock of what has been
taken away from us and work towards bringing it back. In the Bible, we see instances of
restoration, where people who have encountered Jesus Christ have had their lives transformed.
They were no longer limited but were instead made complete, restored to what they were
meant to be.
This message is about the principle of restoration, which is about bringing back what has been
taken away, lost and damaged in our lives. This can be seen through the examples of people
who encountered Jesus Christ in the Bible where their lives were transformed and restored to
what they were meant to be. In this message we are going to look at the Biblical examples of
restoration through Jesus Christ by taking leaf from these scriptures as we try to understand
what God says about the aspect of restoration. We will also inspect that which we have lost
personally by taking stock of what has been taken away from us, and then look closely at what
the process of restoration means and looks like, we will also look at the practical example of
restoration that God made when he brought the second Adam and was able to bring complete
restoration to the world, by doing all of this we gain confidence knowing that the best is yet to
Biblical examples of restoration through Jesus Christ
In Matthew chapter twelve (verse 10 “And, behold, there was a man which had his hand
withered. And they asked him, saying, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? That they might
accuse him.” Verse 13 “Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he
stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.”). And Mark chapter eight (verse
24-25 “And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands
again upon his eyes and made him look up and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”),
we see two examples of restoration. In Matthew a man with a withered hand was healed by
Jesus and restored to what he was meant to be. In Mark a man who was blind was also restored
to his sight. In both cases, the Bible uses the word “restored” instead of “healed”, suggesting
that something had been missing in their lives, and Jesus brought back what was missing.
Restoration means to set back again, reset and re-establish. It means to bring back what was
originally meant to be in our lives. The idea of restoration is not limited to just physical healing,
but it can also mean restoring relationships, financial stability, and emotional wellbeing. When
we talk about restoration, we are talking about the process of bringing back what has been
taken away from us and setting it back in a position of permanence and prominence.
Taking stock of what has been taken away
As we look at our own lives, it is important to take inventory of what has been taken away from
us. This could be anything from a lost relationship to a missed opportunity. It is crucial to
identify what is missing so that we can work towards restoring it. Restoration is not just about
bringing back what was lost, but it is also about making us complete and restoring us to our
original purpose and potential.
When we encounter Jesus Christ, our limitations are dealt with, and we begin to do what we
could not do before. This is because Jesus brings an equilibrium to our lives, making us
complete and restoring us to what we were meant to be. In our lives, Jesus can bring
restoration to our relationships, financial stability, and emotional wellbeing. He can heal our
hearts and bring peace to our minds.
The process of restoration
The process of restoration is not just a one-time event, but it is a continuous journey. We must
continually seek to bring back what has been taken away from us, so that we can live a life of
completeness and fulfilment. The process of restoration requires us to have faith and believe
that God can bring back what has been taken away from us. We must have the confidence to
say, “It is coming back”, and trust that God will work in our lives to bring back what has been
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I am here to share with you a message of hope and restoration.
Despite the damage and destruction that life may have inflicted upon us, Jesus is coming to
recreate what has been taken away. He is coming to bring wholeness, fulfillment and
satisfaction to our lives.
The second Adam and complete restoration
In First Corinthians 15:4: “The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from
heaven.” it talks about the second Adam, who brings complete restoration, not just half-
hearted effort. Whatever deformities, damages, or deficiencies that life has caused, Jesus is
coming to recreate and restructure, making everything new and better. The presence of the
Lord that is coming upon us will be greater than anything we have experienced before.
It may seem like God is finished with us, but this couldn't be further from the truth. God has
greater plans for us, and the glory of the latter house shall be much greater than the former.
I want to encourage you to hang in there. Your future is brighter than you can imagine, and God
is not done with you yet. We may have developed coping mechanisms to deal with our
abnormalities, but Jesus is here to restore us to our original form.
The best is yet to come
In conclusion, restoration is a vital aspect of our spiritual lives, as it helps us to bring back what
has been taken away from us and restore us to what we were meant to be. Do not give up,
because the best is yet to come. Believe in the power of restoration and recreation that Jesus
brings into our lives. No matter what we have gone through, no matter what has been taken
away, Jesus is coming to bring it back in a new and better form. Let us have faith in the Lord and
believe that He has good plans for us.