Sunday, April 18, 2010

Joseph/Jesus and his Brothers

Jesus has been lost to the grave, but three days later reappears with all authority in heaven and on earth.  His brothers (28:10) follow Him to Galilee, and find Him on a mountain, where the eleven bow down and worship (28:17).  Some doubt.  Well they might, and not just the resurrection itself.  They might be doubting Jesus’ intentions.  After all, the last time He saw them, He saw their backsides as they fled from the garden.  They’ve all abandoned Him.  Are they about to hear a “Depart from Me, I never knew you”?

No.  They are about to hear a “What you intended for evil, God intended for good, to save all these alive.”  Jesus is the new Joseph, lost and found, humiliated and exalted, now surrounded by His eleven brothers, who prostrate themselves before Him (cf. Genesis 37:9).  He is the new Joseph, revealed to His guilty brothers, reconciled.

-Peter Leithart

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