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Summary: People don’t recover from losses, they get restored by God. Everyone faces major losses in their life and then must deal with how to handle the aftermath. Often people talk about recovering from a loss. Losses however are not so much recovered from as

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It’s like Jesus’ cross. When Jesus was crucified, he didn’t recover. Crucifixion is not something you bounce back from.

When Jesus was crucified, he lost his life. And He did not recover. On the contrary. He perished. He left this world. He lost.

Jesus did not recover from the cross, He was resurrected.

In other words, it took an act of God to restore life back to Jesus.

Jesus did not recover on His own. God had to intervene and restore life back into Jesus.

And You and I are no different. We think we can bounce back and recover from anything.

No, we can’t. We’re just as helpless as Jesus was to pull ourselves out of the situation we’re in.

We need God to come and raise us out.

You don’t recover from your losses, you get restored, by God.

I don’t recover from my losses, I get restored by God.

When I lose a loved one. I’m helpless to bring them back. But hallelujah, it takes an Act of God to resurrect the both of us and reunite us in heaven.

When I go through a divorce, it takes an act of God to restore me to a place where I can laugh and love and have joy again.

The cross where Jesus died was God’s way of restoring us to Himself.

Just like I can’t recover myself from a major loss, I’m just as helpless to save myself. So Jesus came and died on the cross to save me, rescue me, restore me to a place of forgiveness and love with Almighty God.

What I’m saying is that when you are going through a loss, don’t just try to be optimistic, find Hope. Real Hope.

There’s a difference between optimism and hope. Optimism says, “When I go through a loss, I’ll bounce back. A better day is ahead.”

Hope says, “When I go through loss, God will restore me in my loss.”

Optimism says, “Things are going to get better.”

Hope says, “Things are already better because God’s in the house.”

The cross is God restoring us to Himself.

Sin is not something you recover from on your own. Sin is something God has to intervene and forgive.

You don’t bounce back from sin. God restores in you a clean heart.

Jesus’ cross is where we find hope. For in that one moment, that death, His sacrifice, we are healed.

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.

He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)

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