Christ our Joseph

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”, must have been the words in the heart, if not on the lips, of Joseph after being betrayed by his brothers and falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife.  Sitting in prison in a foreign land so far from the father he loved, he must have remembered the amazing dreams that God had given him of how one day he would rule and have even his brothers bow before him.  How could Joseph have known that the way God establishes his glorious kings is through the way of suffering.  Yes, Joseph was to be a man of power and glory, and as such would deliver the very brothers that had betrayed him, but to get there he would have to take the path of apparent God forsakenness.  This is the pattern that was established for the people of God and one which the contemporaries of Jesus had not learned.  As Jesus told his disciples on the road to Emmaus, “did not the Christ have to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” For, Jesus himself was the ultimate Joseph, come to suffer for the sins of his brothers, betrayed and turned over to the Gentiles by them so that he might ultimately rise to glory and deliver them.  Had his disciples been reading the Old Testament correctly and letting its stories shape their vision of God’s kingdom, they would have had the eyes to see what Jesus was doing.  These eyes are given by the Spirit and we ought to pray for them that we might see him clearlyin all the richness of his glory.  I hope to see you tonight as we continue our study of Christ in the Old Testament.  This evening we will consider Christ our Joseph, and Christ our Moses, the leader of the ultimate Exodus