Sunday, April 15, 2012
JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF Faith, 4/15 /2012
JOSEPH: THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Lesson 51a
Last week we took some time to consider Joseph’s Gentile bride, Asenath. We saw how she was a type of the Bride of Christ. It thrilled my heart to study how she was raised up out of obscurity and married to Joseph.
Today, I want to take a closer look at Joseph. I told you at the beginning of this series that there are over 100 areas of Joseph’s life where he pictures the Lord Jesus Christ. As the Lord gives liberty today, I want to take just three areas of Joseph’s life and I want to show you how He paints a picture of the Lord Jesus.
I want to consider Joseph’s humiliation, his exaltation and his salvation. As I move through these thoughts, I want you to get a fresh glimpse of the Lord today. Let the life of Joseph remind you of Who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Let’s look at Joseph today. I want to share some thoughts from the Word of God on “Joseph: The Savior Of The World“.
JOSEPH AND HIS HUMILIATION
He Laid Aside His Glory – Gen. 37:23 – That coat represented Joseph’s place in the family. It told everyone that he was his father’s favorite son and that he was the head of the family. The coat represented Joseph’s glory. That glory was laid aside for a time of humiliation.
Like Joseph, Jesus also laid aside His glory to enter a time of humiliation, (Phil. 2:5-7; Isa. 53:1-3). He Son of God left His home in Heaven above to enter this world as a little baby. The Creator became dependent upon His creation! The glorious God of the universe because a man and walked among men! While He was here, He willingly laid aside His glory. His glory was manifested in many ways while He was here, but it was visible only one time,( Matt. 17:1-8).
He Became A Slave – Gen. 37:28; 36; 39:1-3 – Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold as a slave. He went down to Egypt and served in Potiphar’s house. The Lord Jesus also entered this world as a slave, (Phil. 2:7). He did not come to this world to occupy the throne of a crown prince. He came to this world to serve humanity and to give His life a ransom for sinners, (Matt. 20:28).
He Overcame Temptation – Gen. 39:7-12 – Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph to commit adultery with her. He steadfastly refused and maintained his integrity. Jesus also weathered a great storm of temptation for us, (Matt. 4:1-11). His temptation was not to prove that He would not sin, but to prove that He could not sin! Jesus came into this world as the spotless Lamb of God. He was, and still is, absolutely sinless, (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15; 1 John 3:5).
He Was Successful In All He Did – Gen. 39:3-6; 21-23 – Joseph was blessed greatly by the Lord and God used him in a special way. Regardless of where he found himself, the Lord caused him to prosper.
The same is true of the Lord Jesus. He was successful in everything He did. Those who saw Him minister said of Him, “He hath done all things well,” (Mark 7:37). He never failed in any task He was given. He healed every sickness He encountered. He cast out every demon He was faced with. He raised every dead person He came into contact with. He calmed every storm He was ever in. He saved every lost soul that would believe on Him. And, in His dying breath, He was able to declare, “It is finished”, (John 19:30).
He Was Falsely Accused – Gen. 39:14-19 – Potiphar’s wife made false accusations against Joseph that resulted in him being thrown into prison. He was innocent, yet he was punished. Jesus was also falsely accused. They could find no fault with Him, so they found men who were willing to lie in order to convict Him, (Matt. 26:59-61). They accused Him of blasphemy, (Matt. 26:63-68). He was guilty of no crime, yet they sentenced Him to death!
He Offered No Defense – Gen. 39 – As far as we know, Joseph never opened his mouth in his own defense. He took the punishment that was placed upon him without comment.
Again, Joseph is a portrait of the Lord Jesus. When He was accused by the Sanhedrin, He offered no defense, (Matt. 26:62-63). When He went before Pontius Pilate, He offered no defense, (John 19:9-11). When He appeared before Herod, He offered no defense, (Luke 23:8-12). Even as He went to the cross to die for sin, He maintained His silence, (Isa. 53:7).
He could have freed Himself at any time. After all, He is the Creator of the universe. He could have called legions of angels to come to His defense, (Matt. 26:53). He could have spoken the word and His tormentors would have been swallowed up alive by the earth and sent to Hell. But, He willingly endured the cross and the shame because it was His Father’s will!
He Suffered As An Innocent Man – Gen. 39 – We have already covered this, but Joseph was falsely accused, unjustly condemned and wrongly imprisoned. He suffered all those years of isolation in prison as an innocent man.
Again, there is a parallel with the Lord Jesus. He was not a sinner and He was not a criminal. He did not deserve to go to the cross to die. He was absolutely innocent. Yet, He willingly took our place on that cross and died for us, the innocent for the guilty, that we might go free, (2 Cor. 5:21).
There was His beating. There was His humiliation. There was His crown of thorns. There was His cross. There was His punishment. There was His death. He did it all for me and you! If Jesus was guilty of anything, He was guilty of loving sinners! He was guilty of loving us! His love for us placed Him on the cross and kept Him there until the price was paid, (Rom. 5:6-9)
TODAY‘S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Oh, To Be Like Thee” By T. O. Chisholm (1897)
Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above
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