Wednesday, April 12, 2017

You intended to harm...

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive Message Minute.

Historically, Wednesday of the Holy Week sees very little teaching from Jesus in the gospels.  Yet all three of the synoptic gospels record the plotting and planning of betrayal by the religious elite and one of Jesus' own disciples, Judas Iscariot (Matthew 26:1-16).
Jesus isn't the first one to be betrayed by someone that should have loved him.  I remember back in the book of Genesis when Joseph had been given a rough way to go from his brothers.  This is no small sibling rivalry, the boys sold Joseph off into slavery!  Even when they made amends and Joseph treated them kindly, they still didn't trust him, which prompts Joseph to share this nugget of wisdom about God's plan.

He said, "Don't be afraid… You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish...the saving of many lives." (Excerpts from Genesis 50:19-20)

If you feel as though you have been betrayed, that someone who should love you doesn't, that forces of evil are conspiring against you, then do these three things. 

  • One, continue to serve God. 
  • Two, know that along with Jesus and Joseph, you're in good company. 
  • Three, God is allowing you a history that may save others. 

So, trust in God's saving Grace today.  You'll be glad you did.  
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