Seize the Moment – Day 442

The Joy of a Family Reunion!

Genesis 46


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, June 2.


What do you enjoy about family reunions? Is it the joy of seeing people you love who you haven’t seen in a long time?


Can you imagine what is must have been like for Joseph’s father to be reunited with his son after nearly two decades of thinking that his son had been killed by a wild animal? To not only know that he is alive, but to then, finally, be face to face with him. What joy!


Genesis 46:29-30 captures the scene, “Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; as soon as he appeared before him, he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time. Then Israel said to Joseph, ‘Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are still alive.’”


Can you put yourself in Israel’s shoes? Getting your long-lost son back from the dead—what joy!


This makes me think of Easter Sunday. The excitement of those first believers who experienced the resurrection of Jesus in real time and not as a doctrinal statement thousands of years later.


Can you put yourself in the disciples’ shoes? Getting your Lord back from the dead—what joy!


Jesus is alive and whenever a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there is a party in Heaven for that one lost family member who has been found.


From death to life—what joy!


Jesus captured this scene in the Parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15:22-24, “‘Let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.”


Seize the moment and celebrate whenever a lost person is found! Rejoice and throw a party in anticipation of Heaven being the biggest and most joyful family reunion ever!


God bless your day!
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