THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD
"In your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 12:3
"And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself." Luke 24:27
Scripture speaks of Christ before He appears on earth, if only we will look for Him!
When God speaks to Abram about one who will come to bless the whole earth, He is speaking of Christ (Galatians 3:16), yet Joseph, Abram’s great grandson, served as a type of the one who would come. Think about the life of Joseph and how he foreshadows Jesus.
First, he is hated by his brothers because of the dreams he shares in which they all bow down to him. When the Jewish leaders picked up stones in their hatred for Jesus, He asks them the cause. They reply: "We are not stoning You for any of your works…but because You, a mere man, claim to be God." (John 10:33) Jesus is the One the whole world will eventually bow down to. (Philippians 2:10)
Joseph is betrayed by his brothers and sold to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and given to the Jewish leaders for 30 pieces of silver.
Joseph is falsely accused in the house of Potiphar and sent to prison. Jesus is falsely accused in the court of Pilate and sent to the cross.
In the third year, after being forgotten by the cupbearer, Joseph is raised to the right hand of Pharaoh, and the government of Egypt is placed on his shoulders. On the third day, after dying on the cross, Jesus is raised to the right hand of the Father, and the government of the whole world is placed on His shoulders. (Isaiah 9:6)
In Joseph’s new position, he saved the whole world by giving them grain in the time of famine. "And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world." (Genesis 41:57) Today Jesus is the bread of life in a world that is dying spiritually. "I am the bread of life…the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die…If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever." (John 6:48-51)
The suffering of Joseph can only be understood in the light of God’s desire to save the world at that time. "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good, for the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20) We can only understand the suffering of Jesus by realizing what was necessary from God’s perspective to save us spiritually. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Have a great week,