Read Genesis 45:1–5.
When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, he had to instruct them, “Please come near me.” We can assume the brothers shrunk back in fear. Joseph had all power—and every right—to destroy these men. Yet, he also instructs them, “do not be grieved or angry with yourselves.” God used the situation for good. The brothers then go on to honor and serve Joseph.
Some parallels can be drawn to the audience on the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection.
Read Acts 2:36–38.
These people were guilty of killing the Son of God. They shrunk back with pierced hearts. God had all power—and every right—to smite them. Yet, Peter gives them instructions on how to respond, and they would receive God’s forgiveness.
Read Hebrews 4:14–16.
The cross of Christ could be used as a condemnation device. Instead, God uses Jesus’ death to bridge the gap, to bring us close, and to invite us to the throne of His mercy and grace.
The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
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