Gen. 41:39-57 JOSEPH: A PORTRAIT OF THE GLORIFIED CHRIST
Intro: Ill. 1 Cor. 10:11 - Now all these things happened unto
them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends
of the world are come.
Ill. Rom. 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime
were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
might have hope.
The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with many clear portraits
and types of Jesus. Some of them are:
1. Noahs Ark Gen. 6-9
2. The Manna Ex. 16
3. The Tabernacle and the Offerings Exodus and
4. Aarons Rod that Budded Num. 17
5. The Red Heifer Num. 19
There are many, many more. So many in fact, that if one looks
hard enough, he can find Jesus Christ on every page of the Old Testament. Truly,
the Bible is a Book about Him John 5:39.
Of all the types of Christ found in the Old Testament, however,
one seems to stand out, and above, all the others. That is the life of Joseph.
As you study this extraordinary mans life, many parallels with Jesus begin
to appear. Among them are:
1. Both were beloved of their Fathers Gen. 37:3;
Matt. 3:17; 17:5
2. Both were hated by their brethren Gen. 37:4,
8, 11; John 15:25
3. Both were rejected and conspired against Gen.
27:28-36; John 11:53
4. Both were mistreated and delivered up to die
Gen. 37:23-25; Matt.
5. Both were delivered from the pit of their death
Gen. 37:28; Matt.
6. Both were servants Gen. 39:1-6; Phil. 2:5-7
7. Both were exalted by God Gen. 41:14; Acts
There are many more parallels that could be mentioned, but
these are sufficient to demonstrate to us that Joseph is a very good picture
of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we come to Genesis 41, we find Joseph having
endured rejection, slavery, false accusation and prison. Now, he stands before
Pharaoh and is made Prime Minister of all Egypt. We find him exalted and it
is this aspect of his life that we want to consider today. At this time in Josephs
life, he paints a wonderful portrait of the glorified Christ. In these verses,
we will see what happened to Joseph and how it parallels what Jesus is doing
today. This morning, lets observe together this man Joseph and think on
this thought, Joseph: A Portrait Of The Glorified Christ.
I. v. 39-44 HE PICTURES CHRIST IN HIS POSITION
A. v. 40 His Greatness (As Ruler) (Ill. The Context.
Pharaoh placed Joseph in the place of supreme authority. Ill. The Ring in
v. 42! Only Pharaoh himself was greater.) (Ill. Jesus When He ascended
back into Heaven, He sat down at the Fathers right hand Heb.
10:12, Today, Jesus is the ruler of the universe! He has been
given this authority by another, and that One is His Father Phil.
2:9-11, John 5:22Ill. Men may not recognize Him as such,
but Jesus is Lord this morning and He is THE absolute
power in the universe! (Ill. He will prove this one day soon Rev.
B. v. 41, 44 His Giftedness (Ill. Joseph had demonstrated
his ability to discern dreams, v. 26-36. No he proves that he can do what
he has promised and provide for the needs of the Egyptian people. He proves
that he has what it takes to get the job done right.) (Ill. The same applies
to Jesus. While here on earth, and through the pens of the Apostles, He has
promised those who receive Him many wonderful things. Now that He is seated
in the place of power and authority, He proves daily that He can and will
do exactly what He promised He would do.) (Ill. Among the things He has promised
1. His Personal Presence Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5
2. His Gracious Provision Phil. 4:19
3. His Abundant Power Eph. 3:20; John 14:12,
(Ill. Daily, Jesus proves afresh that He is worthy of our love and worship.
He continually declares His giftedness in doing what He has promised to
do - Rom 4:21,
C. v. 42-43 His Glory (As Prime Minister, all the pomp
and glory of Egypt was his. As Joseph rode through the streets, the people
bowed before him and lifted his praises. He was a glorious site to behold.)
(Ill. Jesus. When He was on this earth, He was more likely than not a pretty
ordinary man, Isa 53:2, But, what a difference there
was in Him when He got home! (Ill. Peter James and John got a little taste,
Matt 17:1-2, But, John the Beloved got the full picture
of what the risen Christ looks like in His glory,Rev.
1:13-18 (Ill. I dont know about you, but I know who this
fellow is, and one day, I will see Him in His glory! Rev 22:4,
In a city that needs no light but His, Rev 21:23,
II. v. 45-53 HE PICTURES CHRIST IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE
A. v. 45 The Name He Is Given (Literally = "The
Saviour of the World") (Ill. Josephs new name is symbolic of the
office he is to fill in Egypt. He is to be the Saviour of the entire world.)
(Ill. Jesus = "Jehovah is Salvation" His very name declares His
office and His mission to a lost and dying world. He is Saviour and He alone!)
(Ill. 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!) (Ill. 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!) (Elaborate!)
(Ill. 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.
The 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
B. v. 45 The Nature Of His Bride (Ill. Joseph became
the husband of a bride taken from among the heathen Gentiles of Egypt.) (Ill.
Jesus He 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 the Gospel message becomes a part of the Bride of
Jesus! (Ill. John 1:12; John 3:16; Rev. 22:17) Jesus is still making up His
Bride, by the way!
C. v. 46-53 The Nature Of His Business (Ill. 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.)
(Ill. When Jesus ascended back to the Fathers right hand and sat down,
that does not imply that He does nothing! His work of redemption is finished,
thats 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
(Ill. 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; Ill. Christs call to Thomas,
John 20:27 A hand cannot fit "in" a scar! You see, every
time the Father looks toward the Son He remembers the cross! (Ill. 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!)
III. v. 54-57 HE PICTURES CHRIST IN HIS POWER
A. v. 56 His Saving Power (Ill. Joseph had the keys to the
granaries. He literally had the power of life and death over all the people.
Joseph used his power wisely! He became the Saviour of the people) Ill. Jesus
He possesses all saving power! (Ill. What can save the soul of man?
Faith in Jesus Christ! Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 10:13)
(Ill. Bruce Revel tells about taking a cruise on a large ocean liner. Soon
after boarding the craft, he found out that everyone would be required to
participate in a lifeboat drill.
"One requirement was that everyone had to wear a life jacket. When
the alarm sounded, all passengers and crew gathered at the appointed location.
The scene was amazing. Every man, woman, and child on that ship was wearing
the same kind and color of life jacket. Finely dressed ladies with expensive
jewelry were wearing exactly the same kind of life jacket as the cleaning
women. Men in elegant tuxedos wore the same life jacket as the men who worked
in the kitchen.
"This is a beautiful illustration of the reality of the church. Every
time the people of God gather, it is like that lifeboat drill. No matter
what our status or economic level, everyone must have the same life preserver--Jesus
B. v. 49, 54 The Sufficiency Of His Power (Ill. Joseph
had sufficient grain for all those who came to Him, both Egyptians and strangers!)
(Ill. Jesus His blood is sufficient for whosoever will! It doesnt
matter who comes, or what they may have done in their life, they can come
to Jesus and receive eternal salvation John 6:37.) (Ill. The price
is right too Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17)
(Ill. "Many years ago in Liverpool, England, a home for sailors caught
fire and many men were trapped on the upper floors of the rapidly burning
building. A ladder was brought. Some of the men climbed to safety, but the
ladder was too short to reach the top floor. It looked as if the poor souls
on the top story were doomed to a wretched death.
"Suddenly a British sailor rushed from the crowd and hurriedly climbed
the ladder. Precariously he balanced himself on the uppermost rung and reached
up to take hold of the windowsill. With his hands locked on the window ledge
and his feet on the ladder, he called for the trapped men to clamber down
over his body to the ladder. One after another the frightened men literally
scrambled over the brave sailor's back until all had escaped. The rescuer
the came down the ladder himself. His fingers were burned and his hair was
smoldering, but no one died in that fire thanks to the sailor's sacrifice.
"Once we were as hopeless and helpless as the men trapped in the burning
building with no way out. We were utterly doomed by our sins, but Christ
reached out to save us. He offered Himself as the bridge between death and
life. By His sacrifice we have been saved." Jesus alone can bridge
the gap between God and man, 1 Tim. 2:5. Our best efforts fall far short
of reaching the safety of His salvation, Isa. 64:6.)
C. v. 44, 55 The Singularity Of His Power (Ill. Joseph
alone was the saviour of the people.) (Ill Jesus - There is no other force
known to God, or man, which can save the human soul! It is by faith in Jesus
and faith in Him alone! Ill. John 11:25-26 In these 2 verses, Jesus
summed it all up very clearly!) (Ill. Jesus alone has the power to transform
a sinner to a saint!) (Ill. It doesnt matter what they promise or what
they claim only Jesus is qualified to save the human soul. Ill. The price
He paid to be able to do just that! Ill. What a person would have to do to
become a Saviour!)
(Ill. An anonymous author made this striking comparison: "Socrates
taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only
3. Yet the influence of Christ's 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the
impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were
among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity. Jesus painted no pictures;
yet some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo
da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but
Dante, Milton, and scores of the world's greatest poets were inspired by
Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and
Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies,
and oratorios they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness
has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth.
"His unique contribution to the race of men is the salvation of the
soul! Philosophy could not accomplish that. Nor art. Nor literature. Nor
music. Only Jesus Christ can break the enslaving chains of sin and Satan.
He alone can speak peace to the human heart, strengthen the weak, and give
life to those who are spiritually dead.")
(Ill. A minister saw a line of people filing in and out of a toolshed and
went over to investigate. Inside lay the body of a man who that morning
had been found at the foot of a steep hill nearby. The people were trying
to identify him. As the minister looked at that lifeless form, he saw that
one hand was grasping a long stalk of straw. Apparently the man had grabbed
it, desperately hoping it would keep him from falling over the edge.
Many people believe that the straws of religious ceremony and good works
will save them from eternal condemnation.
Our own efforts are flimsy straws. We all need to acknowledge our lost
condition and trust Him who died for our sins. If you say, "I'm not
that bad." Listen! You are still clutching that last straw of self-righteousness.
Let go and rest your eternal destiny on Christ Jesus.)
D. v. 57 The Scope Of His Power (Ill. Josephs
power reached into all the world.) (Ill. Jesus His grace can reach
anyone Rom. 5:20. No one in the world is beyond the saving touch of
Jesus Christ. All that will keep anyone outside the saving power of Jesus
is for them to refuse to come!)
(Ill. A young man who had lived a wild and reckless life was stricken with
a fatal disease. As he lay dying, he was visited by an earnest Christian
who told him of his need for the Savior. Realizing he could not meet God
with his load of sin, he opened his heart to the Lord and was forgiven.
As the end approached, the promise of John 3:16 gave him his greatest comfort
and peace. When he could no longer read the text for himself, he asked his
mother to open the Bible to that verse. "Put my finger on the word
'whosoever,'" he said. "That invitation is broad enough to include
(Ill. Some in, and out, of Egypt probably refused to come to Joseph for
help. They probably starved too! Many will also refuse to come to Jesus,
and they will go to Hell. But whoever looks will live Ill. The Brazen
Serpent Num. 21:4-10; Isa. 45:22)
Conc: Ill. We serve a glorified Lord this morning! Greater
in power and glory that Joseph or any other earthly ruler has ever hoped to
have. We serve a Lord who is busy on behalf of His people and is busy reaching
out into a lost world seeking to save the lost.
(Ill. A Certain man was traveling on an ocean liner. He was leaning over the
ship's rail tossing something in the air and catching it. "What is it you
are tossing in the air?" asked an onlooker. "A diamond of great value.
It is all I have in the world," said the man. "What an awful risk
to keep tossing it up so carelessly!" "No risk at all. I've been doing
it for the last half hour, and I can catch it every time." "But there
might come a last time," remarked the onlooker. The man laughed and tossed
it up again--but this time he missed. For a moment, the man stood aghast. Then
he cried out, "Lost! Lost! Lost!" Baker commented, "You say the
story is not true--it is true! The ocean is eternity. You are on the vessel
of life. That diamond is your soul. And you have been trifling with it."
If you are lost today, you do not have to stay that way! If
you will come to Jesus today, He will save you eternally. What will you do with
Jesus this morning? He will save you, bless you, keep you and take you home
to Heaven some day if you will receive Him as your personal Saviour. If not?
Well, He will still be the King of Kings and your judge as well.
Sermon By Alan Carr
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