The Tears of Christ
2/10 Reading Portions: Genesis 43; Mark 13; Job 9; Romans 13
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And he entered his chamber and wept there.
The real, factual account of Joseph’s life is, as we know, prophetic of our Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph’s sufferings and subsequent exaltation reflect those of our Lord’s. While Joseph’s brothers returned to Egypt with Benjamin, Joseph’s compassion for his kin overwhelmed him and he entered his chamber and wept.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He certainly wept over its corruption, its disbelief, and their rejection of Him (Luke 19:41); for He came unto His own, and they did not receive Him (John 1:11). I consider, however, the grief of Christ. He is exalted upon His heavenly throne while the world He came to save through His atoning death still did not recognize Him. Until He returns, Christ’s supply is generous indeed, not only to us who believe and are saved by His grace, but also to those who do not believe. The Jews, who have been entrusted with the prophetic word (Rom 3:1-2), which testifies of Christ (John 5:39), are sustained with temporal life and the earth’s supply; yet many are as distant from Christ today as the day Jesus was crucified. The non-Jews of this day and age, who have heard the stories of Jesus, God’s only Son, who have even attended church services at Christmas and on Mother’s Day— heaving been afforded every opportunity to hear the everlasting gospel— yet they do not believe. Yes, they will not and cannot believe unless Jesus reveals Himself to them. Just as Joseph, exalted to the throne in Egypt, must reveal Himself to His brothers (Gen 45:1), Jesus must reveal Himself to those of whom He is saving by God’s grace. Our prayers and our presence in witness of Christ are the means by which the Word becomes flesh to others. May Christ Jesus be revealed to those upon whom the Spirit is working; and may we submit ourselves in whatever way the Lord Jesus would have us take part.
Jesus wept at Lazarus’ tomb
And o’er Jerusalem;
For unbelief will be man’s doom
Unless Christ’s reveal’d to them.