When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!”So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring aboutthis present result, to preserve many people alive. — Genesis 50:15-20
What a man Joseph was. His brothers plotted against him causing him much strife in His life but in the end he brought restoration to his brothers. They were reunited — himself, his dad and brothers — and together they continued to grow into a great nation. Joseph forgave his brothers and restored their relationship which affected future generations. Reminds me of God who, through Jesus, restores our relationship with Him which in turn affects our future generations. Are you forgiving as Joseph was? Are you affecting a change in your future generations by your relationships in current relationships? How is your relationship with God? Have you sought His forgiveness and reconciliation?
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, becauseyou sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; — Genesis 45:4-8a
God always has a plan. In good times and bad. Joseph had some good and bad in his life but he always stayed faithful, loving the Lord.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. — Genesis 6:11-12
Is this what God sees today? The last time God beheld earth this way, He destroyed all flesh with a flood (except for Noah, and his family, because He was found righteous in God’s eyes). Will you be found or are you righteous in God’s eyes?
Admit that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness. Believe that Jesus, the Son of God, is that Savior who grants forgiveness. Believe that He died on the cross for you, was buried and three days later rose from the dead. Then confess that Jesus is Lord and follow Him.
By His blood you can be clothed in righteousness. What’s stopping you?
Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. — Romans 4:23-25
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. — Romans 5:1-2
Not only for Abraham only but for all who believe in God. The God who raised Jesus from the dead. The Jesus who sacrificed His life for all that all may have peace, reconciliation with the Creator of all. By Jesus’ sacrifice, we are justified by simply believing (faith).
Are you standing in His grace, exulting in hope of the glory of God? If yes, then go praise and exalt our God for the things He has done for us through Jesus His Son. Let the world know He is your Lord.
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, thatthrough Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. — Acts 13:38-39
Free. What a wonderful word for this season. Amazing that Christmas time is so filled with”hustle and bustle”, stress, over indulging, lack of sleep, “bah humbug” and the like. Could it be we have turned Christmas into something it isn’t?
Christmas. What a wonderful word. Christ fulfilled. Salvation. Forgiveness. Hope. Love. Joy. Peace. Freedom. Good News!
Come let us adore Him!!! Celebrate the real Christmas. Christ Himself.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.