“And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” Genesis 50:24-26 (KJV)
The book of Genesis, the book of beginnings finds a great divide. A divide between life and death. Everyone likes to talk about life. Not many will even deal with the topic of death. In the end we must realize that death, though inevitable for us all is merely the absence of life.
God never created death. God created life. Disobedience to God brought death; Adam’s and Eve’s sin in the garden produced death from the life God had given. The choice they had between the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a choice of life and death. Their choice was death, thus this is the journey of mankind through the end of Genesis, and through our own day as well.
Joseph was sold into Egypt fulfilling God’s plan to make a great nation through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God gives life for all those who believe Him and trust Him. Joseph died in Egypt with the promise of God and hope that one day Israel would return to the land of Promise – the land of Canaan.
Because of the sin in the garden death came to mankind, and every man, and woman since that time has gone the way of death; with the exception of two men – Enoch (Genesis 5:21-24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-15). Then there was Jesus the Christ, Son of God who died and was bodily raised conquering the power of death for all who would trust in Him.
One day those who believe and follow Jesus will look upon His face. We will see Joseph, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the prophets, David, friends, family, and many people we never expected to find there. All are there through the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross, His burial and bodily resurrection. Death is conquered by the resurrected power of life through Christ Jesus.
That coffin in Egypt which held Joseph will be empty. Those coffins which have held the bodies of your loved ones who loved Jesus will be empty when Jesus comes for His own. Contrary to what some believe there is a “First resurrection” (Revelation 20:5), and there is a “second death” (Revelation 20:6, 14). Which will you have part in? The second death is the eternal absence of meaningful life and God.
GOD loved us so much He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. Believe Him and live forever. Reject Him and die forever.