THE PERSONAL REVELATION OF CHRIST
“Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life” (Gen 45:1-5)
Always remember that Joseph is a type of Christ! If you can’t see Christ in his story you read it in vain. May the Holy Spirit open your eyes to see the King of kings in the Book of Genesis!
Joseph tests his brothers to know if their hearts are changed. Eventually the time comes when he is ready to reveal himself to them. What was that breaking point? It was the speech of Judah. His older brother spoke passionately about the pain of their father. If Benjamin does not go back, their father will die of sorrow. Judah offers himself as a substitute, to be a slave in Egypt, in place of Benjamin. This is the moment when Joseph knows for sure that God has changed his brothers’ hearts. The same God that has been with him all these years and who elevated him to be the prime minister of Egypt, He is the same who has changed their hearts. He is now ready to reveal himself. He weeps openly. Then he tells all the Egyptian servants to leave the room. These represent the world. The revelation of Christ is done only to His own! Also we see how loving Joseph is. He does not want any stranger to know about the sinful past of his brothers or to witness their embarrassment. Alone with them he cries out: ‘I am Joseph, your brother…”
His words are like arrows to his brothers’ hearts. A saint of old said that this: a man who weeps in public to entertain others and a man who is too proud to weep, both are wrong. But the tears of Joseph are genuine. Jesus too wept at the tomb of his friend. His brothers were speechless. Fear grips them. This family reunion should have brought joy. But remembering the past sins, it was only fear, shame and pain.
Then Joseph tells them his life story. He does not hide their past sins but he points their attention to God who worked behind the scenes for His own glory. Another old saint said this: “the sword is theirs but the hand is Thine’. Well said! Joseph tells them that it was God who sent him to Egypt to save the family from hunger and death. It is God who decided to make him the savior of his family. The old dreams have indeed come true.
SPIRITUAL LESSONS FOR LIFE
Tears are a gift from God. Jesus too wept at the tomb of his friend.
All sin and crime is useless. “Your sin will find you out” (Nu 32:23). No matter how long it takes, sin cannot be buried. It will chase you thru your conscience and expose you at last. There is no profit in evil. If it is not on this earth, then at the Judgment seat of Christ, all things shall be revealed and rewarded accordingly (2Cor 5:10).
God is not hindered by men’s weaknesses or sins. God uses all things for His glory.
In Christ I declare:
I shall maintain the unity of the Spirit in the Body of Christ, in the bond of peace!
I weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice!
I shall openly confess my sins and repent of them!
God’s power is perfected in my weakness!
To God be all the glory!
In Jesus name