FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/22/2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/22/2012
JOSEPH: A PORTRAIT OF THE GLORIFIED CHRIST, Lesson 53b
v. 45-53 HE PICTURES CHRIST IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE
v. 45 The Name He Is Given – Literally means "The Saviour of the World". Joseph’s new name is symbolic of the office he is to fill in Egypt. He is to be the Saviour of the entire world. Jesus stands for "Jehovah is Salvation". His very name declares His office and His mission is to a lost and dying world. He is Saviour and He alone! Men may seek salvation in other names – Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna, Etc., but, there is salvation in only one name, and that is the name of Jesus ( Acts 4:12)! Men do not need to understand the deep theological truths of the Bible in order to be saved, they just need to know that Jesus is the Saviour of the World!
Evangelist Ron Dunn tells the story of a man who was one of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom in the 1950s. Over the course of his life, this man had acquired an art collection that was worth millions of dollars. He had paintings by Rembrandt, Gauguin, Monet, and many other great artists. This rich man had no heirs. His only son had been an RAF pilot and was killed in action during World War II. So when he died the estate was to be liquidated. His will directed that the art collection be sold at auction.
Buyers from all over the world came to London hoping to acquire some of the famous paintings. When the auction began, the first piece brought out for bidding was a painting the audience didn't recognize. The auctioneer explained that it was a portrait of the owner's beloved son who had died in the war. It had been painted by an unknown artist and wasn't even a very good portrait, but the will stipulated that it was to be sold first.
The auction began, but no one wanted to bid on the portrait. Despite the auctioneer's cajoling and coaxing, there were no bids. Finally, an elderly man in the back of the crowd raised his hand and asked permission to speak. He explained that he was a servant of the owner and had served faithfully in his household for many years. He had seen the son grow up and loved him very much. He said he wanted the painting but didn't have much money so he was able to bid only a few dollars.
The auctioneer accepted his bid and tried to get others in the crowd to raise it, but no one would. Finally, he declared the portrait sold to the elderly servant. Then, to the shock and amazement of everyone present, he announced that the auction was over. It turned out that the will further stipulated that the person who bought the painting of the son was to receive the entire art collection without further charge. Whoever got the son got the whole lot.
That's the way it is with Christianity: whoever gets the Son gets the whole lot.
v. 45 The Nature Of His Bride – Joseph became the husband of a bride taken from among the heathen Gentiles of Egypt. Jesus came to this world to save His own people Israel, and they rejected Him, (John 1:11). When this happened, He turned to the Gentiles and they became the inheritors of His salvation, (Luke 2:32). Now, whosoever receives and obeys the Gospel message becomes a part of the Bride of Jesus (The Church), (John 1:12; John 3:16; Rev. 22:17). Jesus is still making up His Bride, by the way!
v. 46-53 The Nature Of His Business – Joseph knew the times of plenty and famine were coming. Therefore, he used the 7 years of plenty as a time of preparation for the 7 years of famine to follow. When Jesus ascended back to the Father’s right hand and sat down, that does not imply that He does nothing! His work of redemption is finished, that’s true. However, He is still involved in several important ministries on our behalf.
1. He Is Preparing A Place For Us In Heaven – (John 14:3; 1 Cor. 2:9). What kind of place can He make in 2,000 years? After all, it only took 6 days to accomplish His creative work!
2. He Is Making Intercession For You – (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34 ), the comfort of knowing that He is praying for the sinner!
3. He Is Standing Up For Us As Our Advocate – (1 John 2:1-2).
4. He Is A Living Reminder To His Father That The Price Of Redemption Has Been Paid In Full – (Rev. 5:6). See the proof in Christ’s call to Thomas, (John 20:27) – A scarred hand! You see, every time the Father looks toward the Son He remembers the cross! He could never forget, but when He sees Jesus, He remembers that we are in Him and that our price has been forever paid by the precious Blood of the Lamb!
TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Nothing But The Blood” By Robert Lowry (1876)
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my pardon, this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Nothing can for sin atone, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; Naught of good that I have done, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
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