2015-01-08 - Joseph and Jesus
Gen 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
I was thinking this morning about the relationships that are attributed to us as followers of Christ. Jesus' disciples, who had followed Him for three years, He called friends (John 15:15) and brothers (Luke 8:21). In Luke there is the stipulation that “these who hear the word of God and do it.” If we are His disciples these titles also apply to us by His grace.
Jesus is also our Lord and King. We submit to his rule and authority. While these two relationships do not necessarily conflict once is very personal and the other is authoritative. My thoughts toward how the two are fit together.
I didn't wonder long when the story of Joseph was brought to mind and it clicked. When Joseph reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery this was a perfect picture of Jesus. In theological terms this is called "a type of Christ". Both Jesus and Joseph found themselves in very lowly positions. Joseph was in jail and Jesus was dying on a cross. Both were convicted of crimes they did not commit. Joseph found himself there unwillingly while Jesus was part of a plan made before time began. Both were redeemers.
We are Joseph's brothers. We were the prize Jesus came to redeem just like God moved Joseph like a chess piece into the perfect position at the right moment in time. We were still enemies of God when Jesus came to free us from sin and death. (Rom 5:8)
When you wonder what God is doing, as Joseph must have wondered at times, we have examples like this that tell us to trust our Lord, Redeemer, Brother and Friend.
Rom 5:6 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (emphasis mine)
Lord Jesus - Thank You for these pictures given to us. They show us that, even when we may not be able to see tomorrow we can trust You because we know You hold the future. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.