This is what God gave me today in His word:
So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (Genesis 45:4-5)
Because of our sin, Jesus came to Earth: He changed us, preserving our lives from our sin. Our sin was evil, but through it, God has made a relationship with us! What was intended for evil, God used for good.
Explanation of the transquote:
We were sinful, I don’t think anyone can deny that. We had no relationship with God, which is a side-effect of sin. And, not only that, we had no hope of breaking our sin or of ever having a relationship with God (much less any of the other benefits that come with being a Christian). Yet then God sent Jesus to Earth to ‘preserve our lives’. Likewise, Joseph’s brothers sinned when they sold Joseph into slavery, yet it turned out even better for all of them than if they had never sinned. This may seem very confusing, but let me try to explain:
In the past, there was Adam and Eve. Eve was deceived by Satan into eating of the true of the knowledge of good and evil, and then enticed Adam to eat of it as well. This cut off the relationship they had with God, and brought the sin nature into the world. Then came Jesus, who bridges the gap (that sin made) between us and God. So now, we don’t just have a relationship with God, but now we also have love and gratitude for God, and can truly praise His name (because of what He’s done for us). Formerly it wasn’t possible for us to know how much God loves us, but because sin entered into the world, it’s very possible. All one must do is look to Jesus being crucified to see what I mean. So, in a sense, it really is better that sin came into the world than if it hadn’t. This doesn’t mean that we should sin, but that because of Jesus’ forgiveness of our sin, our relationship with God is stronger.
New Testament confirmation:
Christ gave Himself for us, that He might deliver us from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4)
For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. (Genesis 45:6)
Joseph, because of the famine, was going to preserve his family’s lives. Likewise, Jesus preserves His family (us) from our sin, which causes a Spiritual famine in us. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between Joseph and Jesus.
You are Loved!