Summary: This message ties in the restoration of Narnia with the restoration as described in the book of Ezekiel and brings it home to the hope for restoration that we all have in Christ.
Sermon Text: Ezekiel 36:36 …the nations all around — all those still left — will know that I, the LORD, rebuilt the ruins and planted lush crops in the wilderness. For I, the LORD, have promised this, and I will do it. 37 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers for these blessings, and I am ready to grant them their requests.
Introduction: When the 4 Pevensie kids in CS Lewis classic, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” enter the strange land of Narnia, they find out something about it. They find out that it had been winter there for 100 solid years without a Christmas.
They entered into a land that was not what it had been, no longer what it used to be. Under the evil spell of the witch of Narnia, it had lost something precious…and the story tells us how they got it back trough the Power of God, represented as the lion Aslan in the story.
The God of Narnia, just like your God and My God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is a God of restoration. He’s the God who puts things back the way He intends for them to be.
No doubt, there are people here today who feel like they have been through 100 years of solid winter and they’re still waiting for the joy of Christmas. Things aren’t what they used to be, nor what they’re supposed to be, but God is Still the God of Restoration!
This is part 1 of our Narnia Christmas Series, I’m calling "Narnia, New Beginnings, and the Nativity."
I. Let me start in the The Book of Ezekiel.
A. Background on the book of Ezekiel
1. Chapters 1-32 contain a message of judgment.
a) God was not too happy with His people
and there was a price to pay.
(i) Sin, selfishness, worshipping
ourselves or anything other than God
brings His wrath and His judgment.
b) Judgment always begins with God’s people
(i)Chapters 1-24 deal with the
judgment on God’s people.
(ii)But then Chapters 25-32 deal with
God’s judgment on the enemies of His
(iii) Parents would understand this…you can
discipline your own kids, but you
wouldn’t stand for it if someone else
• Judgment begins in your own
house, but woe unto the one who
messes with your kids!
2. Chapters 33-48, though contain a message of
a) God is very clear about why He’s going
to restore His people…..He says…
(i) Ezek 36:22-23 "Therefore say
to the house of Israel, ’Thus says
the Lord GOD: "I do not do this for
your sake, O house of Israel, but
for My holy name’s sake, which you
have profaned among the nations
wherever you went.
b) God is never content to let His people
stay in misery, no matter what the cause
of that misery.
(i) Even if their own sin was the cause.
(ii) God’s name can be discredited in two
• Our sin discredits God
(i)When God’s people fall into sin,
it’s a blemish on His name.
(ii)It does God no good when people
can point at us and say with any
justification…. ”so you call
yourself a man, or woman of
(a)People want to say….”look at
you, you sure fell hard.”
(b)But God wants to say in
return…”yeah they did, but by
my grace they got back up
again, didn’t they!!!”
(iii)When God restores and reconciles
us from our sins, it clears His
• Sin discredits God’s name, but
so does our prolonged misery…
(i)God doesn’t want us to live
the rest of our lives in
misery…..so that people can
say…”what kind of God is
that, who lets you live in
misery?" That’s just
another blemish to His name.
• He wants to say…"I’m the God
who brought them out of misery…
so that the world would know
that I am the Lord their God!!!
(i)If you belong to God, but
find yourself in a miserable
situation right now, I have
good news for you…
• No matter what has caused
you to become miserable,
God is going to restore you…
for His Holy name’s sake!
B. Some of you are in miserable situations right
now….like the creatures of Narnia.
1. Seems like 100 years of solid winter and
not a Christmas in site.
2. Some, not all, of your marriages are
3. Some of you are in miserable job
situations, financial situations, etc.
a. Of course God loves you and is concerned
for you, but He’s even more concerned
that you’re making Him look bad and for
that reason, He’s determined to get you
out of this mess!!
II. But you need to work with Him….there’s a process involved….
A. If sin is at the root of your misery, (and it