We too have the authority from Christ Himself to reassure penitent sinners of their forgiveness.

BibleGateway: Genesis 50:15-21

ESV Text: Genesis 50:15-21

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:8 and ends at about 3:17

     15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 330:
I Come to Thee, O Blessed Lord


— Organ Audio

1. I come to Thee, O blessed Lord, 
Invited by Thy gracious Word 
To this Thy feast, to sup with Thee; 
Grant that a worthy guest I be. 

2. I come to Thee with sin and grief, 
For Thou alone canst give relief. 
Thy death for me, dear Lord, I plead: 
O Jesus, help me in my need! 

3. Shouldst Thou a strict account demand, 
Who could, O Lord, before Thee stand? 
Purge all my secret sins away: 
Be Thou, O Christ, the sinner’s Stay! 

4. O Jesus, Lamb of God, alone 
Thou didst for all our sins atone; 
Though I have sinned and gone astray, 
Turn not, O Lord, Thy guest away. 

5. O Jesus, Lamb of God, alone 
Thou didst for all our sins atone; 
Be merciful, I Thee implore, 
Be merciful forevermore.