WHAT IS RESTORATION?
JESUS PROCLAIMED HIS MISSION as recorded in Luke 4:18-19. He came to bring good news to the poor and destitute. The good news was a message of freedom. He was on earth to bring freedom from every bondage, prison and torment of mind and body. The good news also included sight for the blind and healing for wounded hearts.
In verse 19, we see that Jesus also proclaimed the favorable year of the Lord. The Greek word for favorable is dektos and it means to accept, decide favorably — a time in which God has pleasure and which He Himself has chosen.
This is very significant! In essence, Jesus said this is the time God has chosen to proclaim favor upon you. It is the year of Jubilee! During the year of Jubilee all debts were cancelled, slaves were released and everything was restored! (See Leviticus 25.) Yowbel, the Greek word for jubilee, means the signal of silver trumpets. Imagine the celebration that would take place at the announcement that all your debts were cancelled!
If the people of God, if the world, could only grasp the reality that it is still the favorable year of the Lord. Cancellation of debt, complete pardon, complete restoration, joy and celebration are available if we will believe and receive!
Restoration (the Greek word katartizo) means to adjust, finish, to put a thing in its appropriate condition or position; reinstatement and restitution.
We were created for wholeness, intimate communion and partnership with God, safe relationships with others and to reflect His glory. Although much was lost after the fall of man, it can all be completely regained – restored – through faith in Jesus.
We were created for:
✅ Wholeness…not brokenness
✅ Intimate communication with God and people…not isolation and loneliness
✅ To reflect God’s glory…not darkness
[Taken from Set the Captives Free, by Gay Bissell, (c) 1995]