What was meant for evil, God meant for good!

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 
11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Here is an accurate picture of what Christ is like. The creator of the Universe, and everything in it, came to earth in the flesh and walked among men.

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 
(Vs 10, 11)

Consider that this is the same God that formed a pillar of smoke in the day time and a column of fire at night. And led the children of Israel away from bondage in Egypt and into the promised Land.

And because he came to them as a man, they rejected Him, and had Him crucified, in spite of the fact that The Prophets of YHVH had given them advance notice that he was coming, and they had Him killed in a most vicious way. And that was also prophesied by the same prophets.

 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,     

Yet He opened not His mouth;     

He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,    

 And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,     

So, He opened not His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)

When we stop to think about it, it’s amazing that YHVH God was willing to do this for our salvation, and to bring the house of Israel back into the fold.

For in spite of those who hated and persecuted Him, there were many who loved and followed Him and still to this day, there are two camps, those who are for Y’shua, and those who are not.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (Vs 12, 13)

As it turns out, He came into this world to create that difference, between those who believe and follow Him, and those who don’t. And to separate the wheat from the chaff. And we see this in several things He said in parables.

So, it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:49, 50)

While those who hated Him, wanted Him dead, actually they brought about the resurrection, and a healing of the separation of the lost tribes, making the restoration possible.

It makes me think of Joseph and his brothers when they were re-united. They Had wanted Him dead because they were jealous of Him.

But now that they have found Him alive, they were healed by Him.

Genesis 50:17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”
19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 
21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

What was meant for evil, God meant it for good. All is forgiven as they return to Him. And so also what was meant for evil, as it turned out, was a good thing for all of us, who have come to Christ in repentance.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (Vs 14)

Isn’t it amazing that after being soundly rejected by the temple Priests, who were supposed to be serving YHVH, He extends the hand of forgiveness!

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;     

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,     

And by His stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;    

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He will return to us, any time now, but this time it is for a different purpose, He comes not to be ruthlessly persecuted and killed. He comes not to administer grace and mercy, But when he comes this time, it will be as a victorious King, and judge. And there will be a separation of those who have practiced evil, and those who have lived for Him, and practiced the goodness, mercy, and the love of Christ.

We must decide now, if we will submit to Him, or if we will continue to resist following Him, and walking according to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 
35For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 
36and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’  
37He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 
38And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 
39He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
(Matthew 10:34-39)

I fear that many of us, are not yet ready to receive our King.

But that’s for each of us to reconcile within ourselves.

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified. 
But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
(2nd Corinthians 13:5, 6)

But rest assured, Christians are being divided into two camps as we exchange these words, In one camp are those who profess Christ, but being lawless, do not follow Him.

In the other camp are the faithful, those who have actually taken up the cross, and is walking in the way, the truth, and the life.

And when He comes to claim his bride, we will see why there has been this separation.

41The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 
42and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
(Matthew 13:41, 42)

Had they not crucified Him, this would not be possible, because there would not have been such a clear difference between those who are His, and those who are not!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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