In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. – John 1:1-4
Joseph did well in Egypt as a slave for a while, but once again he was betrayed and treated unfairly. Accused of attempted rape by his master’s wife, Joseph was thrown in prison and forgotten. But God had not forgotten him. God had been preparing him for a very important role in Egypt. God saw to it that Joseph was given a position second only to the pharaoh in importance and authority. And then God brought Joseph’s brothers right to his doorstep.
Do we all know the story? Joseph had his brothers arrested as spies, but let all go but one. When the others returned with his beloved younger brother Benjamin, he tested them by hiding a silver cup in their provision sacks and seeing how they responded to accusation. When he saw a change in his brothers’ hearts, Joseph could contain himself no longer, but first sent all the Egyptian servants out. A man of his high standing did not show emotion before servants. But Joseph’s sobbing as he revealed his identity to his brothers was heard by the servants and word of it echoed to Pharaoh’s palace. That sobbing contained the pain of 22 years of separation from all Joseph loved; it also carried Joseph’s heart of grace and forgiveness toward his brothers. Unnatural, unfair, painful grace.
Jesus, as we see in the verses above from John 1, had lived in uninterrupted fellowship with His Father always. On the cross when Jesus was identified with sin, for the first time the Father ripped Himself apart from the Son. God cannot be united with sin. But Jesus became sin on our behalf, suffering more than I can imagine, so He can say, “Father, forgive them,” and offer us His grace. That is costly, painful, unfair grace.
Faithwalkers Midwest 2016
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