16 AMAZING WAYS IN WHICH JOSEPH’S LIFE MIRRORS THE LIFE OF CHRIST

Posted: June 12, 2019 in Genesis, Genesis 37-50
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16 AMAZING WAYS IN WHICH JOSEPH’S LIFE MIRRORS THE LIFE OF CHRIST 

JOSEPH JESUS
Joseph’s birth involved the  miraculous intervention of God.  Rachel was barren  (Genesis 30:22-24).  Jesus birth involved the miraculous intervention of God. Mary was a  virgin (Matthew 1:18). 
Joseph had humble beginnings as a  Shepherd and servant of his  brothers (Genesis 37:2).   Jesus had humble beginnings as a  Carpenter’s son and servant of all. Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT) says, “…  He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being …”  
Joseph was a Shepherd  (Genesis 37:2).   Jesus was the Great Shepherd. In  John 10:11-14 (NLT) Jesus says, “I  am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for  the sheep … I am the good  shepherd; I know My own sheep, and they know Me”. 
Joseph was loved by his father  (Genesis 37:3).  Jesus was loved by His Father in  heaven. At Jesus Baptism Matthew 3:17 (NLT2) says “And a voice  from heaven said, “This is My  dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.” 
Joseph was given a coat of many  colours which set him apart for  leadership. It was ripped from him and used to deceive his father  (Genesis 37:23).  Jesus garment was ripped from him before his crucifixion and soldiers gambled for it. John 19:23-24  (NLT2) “When the soldiers had  crucified Jesus, they divided His  clothes among the four of them. They also took His robe, but it  was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart,  let’s throw dice for it.” 
Joseph was ridiculed when he  shared his dream of rulership over  his brothers (Genesis 37:8).  Jesus was ridiculed when He  revealed to others that He was the Messiah. When the religious  leaders put Him on trial in  Matthew 26:63-65 (NLT2) it says,  “Then the high priest said to  Him, “I demand in the name of  the living God—tell us if you are  the Messiah, the Son of God.”  Jesus replied, “You have said it.  And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and  coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his  clothing to show his horror and  said, “Blasphemy! Why do we  need other witnesses? You have  all heard His blasphemy.”     At the crucifixion of Jesus, Matthew 27:37 (NLT) says “A sign was  fastened to the cross above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge  against Him. It read: “This is  Jesus, the King of the Jews.”  
Joseph was sent by his father to his lost brothers to see how they were going but they rejected him and  hated him without cause  (Genesis 37:4).  Jesus was sent by His Heavenly  Father to His lost brothers and  sisters to save them but they  rejected Him and hated Him  without cause (John 15:25).  John 1:10-12 (NLT2) says, “He  (Jesus) came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to His  own people, and even they  rejected Him. But to all who  believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become  children of God.” 
Joseph’s brothers conspired to kill  Him (Genesis 37:18)  The religious leaders conspired to  kill Jesus (Matthew 26:3, 4) 
Joseph was betrayed and sold for  20 pieces of silver to slave traders.  Judah instigated this  (Genesis 37:28)   Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the  religious leaders for 30 pieces of  silver. Matthew 26:14-15 (NLT2)  says, “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the  leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray  Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.”  
Joseph went on to be a saviour of  families during a time of famine.  Jesus went on to be the Saviour of  the World during spiritual famine.  
His brothers intended harm on  Joseph but God used it to save  many. When Joseph assumed  leadership in Egypt, he confronts  and forgives his brothers.  Genesis 50:18-21 (NLT2) says, “You intended to harm me, but God  intended it all for good. He  brought me to this position so I  could save the lives of many  people.”    God turned cursing to blessing at  the Cross when Jesus died for our  sins. In Acts 5:30-32 (NLT2) Peter  and the Apostles speak to the  religious leaders and the crowd.  “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you  killed Him by hanging Him on a  cross. Then God put Him in the  place of honor at His right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would  repent of their sins and be  forgiven.”  Romans 8:28 (NLT2)  says, “And we know that God  causes everything to work  together for the good of those  who love God and are called  according to His purpose for  them.”   
Joseph was in a prison between  two criminals. Joseph foretold the  deliverance of one of the criminals with him and the death of the  other. (Genesis 40)   Jesus was on the cross between  two criminals. Jesus foretold the  deliverance of one of the criminals with Him. Luke 23:42-43 (NLT2)  says that one criminal said to Him “Jesus, remember me when you  come into your Kingdom.” And  Jesus replied, “I assure you,  today you will be with Me in  paradise.”  
Joseph was tempted but did not sin (Genesis 39:7)   Jesus was tempted but did not sin (Matthew 4:1). Hebrews 4:14-16  says that Jesus “… understands  our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet  he did not sin. So let us come  boldly to the throne of our  gracious God. There we will  receive His mercy, and we will  find grace to help us when we  need it most.” 
Joseph suffered but was finally  exalted to a leadership position  (Genesis 41:41)  Jesus suffered but was finally  exalted. Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT2)  says, “You must have the same  attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though He was God, He did not  think of equality with God as  something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a  slave and was born as a human  being. When He appeared in  human form, He humbled  Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a  cross. Therefore, God elevated  Him to the place of highest  honor and gave Him the name  above all other names, that at  the name of Jesus every knee  should bow, in heaven and on  earth and under the earth, and  every tongue confess that Jesus  Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  
Joseph reconciled his brothers to  himself  (Genesis 45:1-15)  Jesus reconciles sinners to Himself. Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT) says, “For God in all His fullness was  pleased to live in Christ, and  through Him God reconciled  everything to Himself. He made  peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of  Christ’s blood on the cross.” 
Joseph forgave His brothers  (Genesis 45:1-15)  Jesus brings forgiveness. In  Acts 13:38 Paul preaches to a  Jewish audience. He says,  “Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for  your sins.” 

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