“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations” Luke 24:47 NKJV
Joseph’s brothers had been glad to get rid of him, the troublesome dreamer. He had declared to them his superiority and they thought they had proven him wrong. But he wasn’t just a dreamer; he was a prophet. Moreover, however much they may have believed it to be true; they were not done with him either. Their evil had produced salvation for the whole world, including themselves. But it was going to take a while to bring it about for those ten spiteful brothers.
When they met Joseph they did not recognize him, just as the Jews did not recognize their Messiah. They were not honest with Joseph either. They tried to play down their wickedness and prove their own self worth to be saved by him. It didn’t work. Finally they had to fall on their faces and admit their unworthiness to be saved. They had to repent and then he revealed himself to them and gave them both bread and hope and a new home. Jesus wants us to come to Him for salvation without the pretext of our own worthiness. We are not worthy. He wants us to repent and take the new way, His way, for our eternal salvation. Then He will give us hope and a new home.
Dear Father, Thank You for offering us salvation through Jesus Christ. Help us to always understand that we are not worthy of salvation and that only Jesus can make us that way. Amen.
The Friday Benediction
Until Monday, my friends, may the good God envelop you with His grace; may you prove the common confession of faith, “I believe in the holy Christian church and in the fellowship of the saints”, and may you be enriched with joy and hope as you exercise that confession this weekend. Amen
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