Too Much of a Good Thing?
Have you ever had that kind of day where everything went the wrong way? And it was so bad you finally said, “I can’t take it anymore!” Certainly, you have.
Have you ever had a day so full of good things and great news that you finally had to say, “I can’t take it anymore”? Jacob had that kind of day.
There are some sermons you hear in your life that forever echo in your mind whenever you reread a passage of Scripture. As a student, I sat under the teaching of one of the most joyful preachers I have ever known. Pastor Jim Schettler preached about the life of Joseph and especially these last chapters in Genesis. What I share with you today is my desire to forever record this wonderful sermon.
Joseph is a picture of Jesus Christ, and the tearful revelation of his identity sends the brothers off with an excitement unmatched. They rush home to Jacob with wagons and donkeys loaded. They burst into Jacob’s tent and share the news, “Joseph is living!” This spikes the old man’s heart, but there’s more. Not only was he living, he also was lord over all the land. But there’s more! Not only was he living and lord, he was loving. The reality of Joseph’s forgiveness was a glue that drew the family together unlike anything else. Not only was he living loving and lord, but he also was longing for them. He was preparing a place for them in Goshen—the choicest of places for them to live. Then Benjamin comes in loaded with all the extra clothes and money and exclaims, “He’s loaded!” Jacob has had all the good news he can handle. He can’t take anymore. The spirit of Jacob was revived.
As we see Christ in Joseph, you will notice he is alive. The most important announcement ever proclaimed, “He is not here, he is risen” (Luke 24:6). He is Lord of lords, and at his name, every knee shall bow and worship Christ (Philippians 2). he sincerely loves you and desires full pardon so you can be restored to Him. He is loaded with all blessings. Your God can supply all your needs according to his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). What is most dear, he is longing for you. He is preparing a place for you so you can be with him in the best of the land forever and ever.
How’s that for good news?