Acts #6-The Restorer

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When we are waiting faithfully it gives us an opportunity to practice being obedient—finding the will to act with wisdom—it is an opportunity to see God’s kingdom coming through the cracks, and  finally we see that…

While they were waiting it was an opportunity to be Restored. (Acts 1:21-26) 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”  23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

The 1 that was missing, 11 out of 12, the elephant in the room silently spoke volumes and the incompleteness had to be addressed.  In the OT there were 12 leaders, one for each tribe of Israel, and now at the installation of the church—it is a necessity to transition from incompleteness and betrayal to restoration. A vision of which John saw In Rev. 21:10-“10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Unlike the 12 tribes of Israel that struggled to create a physical kingdom, the 12 apostles would reach out to build the New Jerusalem, the church, the restored spiritual kingdom of God.  When it is time to pick a replacement, do you see what is better than voting?  Praying. Do you see what is more effective than a 10 person committee? Praying.  Instead of hiring a head-hunter company to find a replacement—they instead turn to the head of the church in prayer; creating a core of witnesses who would build the church on the foundation of Christ’s resurrection—not one of tradition, preference or popularity—but wholly based on the apostolic truth-ensuring the message is maintained!

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Yet sometimes things can become disfigured–Do you ever feel like you are incomplete, that something is missing, that with time and trails been chipped away? A few years ago, an angry man rushed through the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam until he reached Rembrandt’s famous painting “Nightwatch.” Then he took out a knife and slashed it repeatedly before he could be stopped. A short time later, a distraught, hostile man slipped into St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome with a hammer and began to smash Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture The Pieta. Two cherished works of art were severely damaged. But what did officials do? Throw them out and forget about them? Absolutely not! Using the best experts, who worked with the utmost care and precision, they made every effort to restore the treasures. (sermonillustrations.com)

God worked much the same way with his disfigured creation—sending the absolute best in the greatest act of restoration in response to sin. That through prayer, scripture, and restoration—God still uses the church as the same unchanging foundation and means of restoration. Each time someone accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, embracing the power of the Holy Spirit, the power which brought Christ from the dead and the same restoration that ensured the church’s foundation would stand eternally, ensures that we too are eternally restored.

So while you are just waiting—waiting—waiting—you have the opportunity to use the time of waiting—not as a waste of life, but as an opportunity to make the most it! A time to solidify in your mind the evidence of what happened in history with Jesus Christ—a historic Savior passed down from the apostles, time to solidify in your heart the Words of Scripture, and finally time to restore what is incomplete because of sin in your life—ensuring you are ready when the WAITING is over!

 

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