It wasn’t until today’s devotions that I could really see, for the first time the Joseph-Jesus connection. This is a snoozer for you seminary kids and bible scholars, but for the rest of you, I hope you get something out of it:
What was the result of Joseph’s 17 years mistreatment and imprisonment?
Through this, one man ushered in the salvation of an entire nation.
He was beaten, bruised, wrongly accused, betrayed by his best friends and family.
Loved, so much, by his father–but separated.
Yet, after all of this, through all of this, he was raised to a higher place.
From that higher place he could offer salvation for a starving people and brothers desperate for forgiveness whether they knew it or not. Reconciliation for a family.
And so it was for Christ
Separated from his Father. A father who delighted in him.
The higher place He was initially lifted to was called the Place of the Skull, a place where previously death had prevailed. Yet when He was elevated to that place He was able to offer forgiveness and grace. Even while He hung there, He offered a thief a place with Him in paradise.
Then God gave Him a name. A name that is above every name and that at that name, Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord–the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
And so that grace never ends.