Sent - To Save
Joseph makes himself known to his brothers: "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!" (Genesis 45:4). Jesus makes Himself known to His disciples (Matthew 16:13-17). In Joseph's self-identification, there is a statement about why God had sent him into Egypt - "it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you ... God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance" (Genesis 45:5,7). Jesus was sent by God to call out the "Church" by an even greater deliverance - deliverance from "the gates of hell" (Matthew 16:18). Joseph said, "God has made me lord of all Egypt" (Genesis 45:8). Concerning Jesus, Scripture declares that God has made Him Lord of all - He has "the keys of the Kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:19). The words, spoken by Joseph's brothers to their father, Jacob, bring out another connection with Jesus. "Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt" (Genesis 45:26). Jesus is alive and He rules over all. He is the risen and reigning Christ. The connection between the story of Jacob (or Israel) and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is highlighted in Psalm 14:7. The Old Testament longs for the coming of the Saviour - "Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!" It looks forward to a time of rejoicing, a time of gladness - "When the Lord restores the fortunes of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!"