LENT DAY 22
Make It Right By Pastor Brock Adams
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. (Genesis 45:3-5)
Joseph had some serious family conflict. His brothers hated him so much that they beat him up and sold him into slavery. Joseph spent years as a slave then he spent time in prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph was able to help out Pharaoh (the king of Egypt) and was awarded the second highest position in the country. A great famine forced Joseph’s brothers to go to Egypt and ask for food. They had no idea when they were asking for food that they were talking to the brother they beat up and sold into slavery years earlier. Instead of punishing or killing his brothers (which he had the power to do) he made it right. He forgave them and helped restore his family.
Who can you restore a relationship with this Easter?
The first Sunday of 2001 was one I will never forget. I was at church and the preacher challenged everyone to start the year off right by forgiving everyone who had wronged them in the previous year. I was in grade 10 at the time and I could think of a few people that had wronged me that I hadn’t forgiven yet. Even though I was the one who got wronged I initiated restoration with those people. The funny part was each person I approached pretended they did nothing wrong and did not accept ownership for what they did wrong to me. That was ok with me because I had made the effort to make it right. I did my part and the bitterness I had was gone.
If Joseph can make it right with his brothers after being sold into slavery, then we can too with the people who have wronged us. Jesus took initiative with us by offering salvation. Who do you need to make things right with this Easter?