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Genesis 45:27 (NKJV)- "But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived."

Genesis 45:28 (NKJV)- "Then Israel said, 'It is enough, Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.'"

God changed Jacob's name to Israel (Gen. 32:28). Jacob = Israel.

In Genesis 45:27, Jacob's spirit was revived.

This was the same Jacob who wrestled with God face-to-face. Now we see him in a state of doubt and hopelessness. He'd grown old and his land was famished.

Then he finds out his beloved son, Joseph, is alive and well. Joseph's other brothers sold him away to slavery and Jacob hadn't been seen for many years.

When he first hears the news, Jacob doubts (Gen. 45:26), but after seeing all the donkeys, grain, bread, and food from Egypt, Jacob believes them (Gen. 45:23).

Upon hearing the good news, Jacob is revived.

The same is true for us when we hear the good news, the gospel.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful enough to penetrate our weary and doubtful hearts. Like Joseph, sometimes it takes a time or two to actually receive the gospel.

Once he accepts the good news, Jacob's purpose and energy were renewed.

Notice verse, 28, "Then Israel said..." After receiving the good news, his name is changed back to Israel.

The same is true for us as well. The good news revives us and changes our names to "redeemed," "healed," "delivered," "saved," "forgiven," "free," "righteous," "loved."

Once we receive the good news, our lives are never the same: transformed to reflect the beauty of Christ.

Two songs help describe our new nature in Christ.


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